In 2000 OOS won a DTI Smart Technology and Innovation Award to study
“The Feasibility of Wave piercing and Dynamic lift technology
in monohull sailboats”. The tank testing of the design was
completed at the internationally reknowned Wolfson Unit in Southampton
Andrew Claughton (Head of Design at Team New Zealand).
1:4 scale tank test models were used, focusing primarily on the yaw and
lift forces developed due to wing immersion. We tested four different
wing shapes which when combined with a variety of wing positions and
angles provided a comprehensive test matrix.
Testing was a carried out to 17knts and included wave drag tests to
analyse performance in a seaway. VPP analysis was undertaken to study
the hull in combination with the rig, top speed is predicted at over
This extensive study produced a highly refined hull form which behaves