Naval Architect. C.Eng. MRINA
Biography: Andy Claughton is one of the most experienced Americas Cup designers, having been involved with the competition since 1983. He started dinghy sailing as a teenager, and graduated in Ship Science from the University of Southampton 1975. In 1977 joined the nascent Wolfson Unit for Marine Technology and Industrial Aerodynamics. This was where he made many of his early contributions to Americas Cup teams. Andy worked on towing tank and wind tunnel tests, and developing speed prediction programmes for teams that included Team New Zealand, the AC winners in 1995 and 2000. He took a career break from the Wolfson Unit to work full-time for Team New Zealand in 2000 as Research Coordinator and then Design Coordinator for the 2007 Americas Cup. Emirates Team NZ won the Louis Vuitton Cup against Prada, but narrowly lost to Alinghi in the Cup match. Andy finally left his role as Director of Enterprise at the University to be Chief Technology Officer at Land Rover BAR, for Ben Ainslie’s Challenge for the 35th America’s Cup. Andy is now an independent Naval Architect. He has been a long time member of the International Technical Committee working on the ORC rules for racing yachts and superyachts. He has published many papers, and won awards that include the Royal Institute of Naval Architects Small Craft Group Medal.