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SpeedDream offshore prototype to be skippered by Vendée legend Mike Golding

"I am very happy to bring my own experience and ideas to this exciting project"

Tuesday 7 January 2014Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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SpeedDream, in conjunction with their technology partner, the Russian tech giant Yandex, announced that they will take the lessons learned from the SpeedDream27 prototype and apply them, along with other innovations, to a much larger offshore prototype. The boat, which will launch during 2014, will be skippered by Mike Golding.

“We are thrilled to be in a position to build this offshore prototype with the help and support of our technology partner Yandex,” said SpeedDream lead designer Vlad Murnikov. “And we are equally happy that Mike Golding will lend his steady hand to the project assisting with technical support as well as taking on the role of skipper. His experience and long history of winning races is a very valuable asset to SpeedDream and our ongoing quest to build a record Record #sailingrecord breaking sailboat.”

Mike Golding is a former career fire-fighter who turned to professional sailing after winning the 1992/93 BT Challenge Round the World Yacht Race. Mike has subsequently achieved numerous podium positions in premier sailing events including the Vendée Globe, The Transat The Transat #thetransat #ostar , the DefiAtlantique, the Route du Rhum Route du Rhum #RouteDuRhum , The Transat Jacques Vabre Transat Jacques Vabre #TJV2015 and the Calais Round Britain. He was the first person ever to have raced around the world in both directions. In 2007 Mike was awarded the OBE for services to the sport of sailing after being crowned FICO World Champion in 2006 and IMOCA Imoca #IMOCA World Champion in 2005 and 2006.

“I was impressed with the SpeedDream prototype when I sailed on the boat last summer,” said Golding. “That led to discussions with the SpeedDream team about scaling up their design to a larger offshore prototype. There are some potential breakthrough ideas here that may well change the way we view sailboat design in the future and I am very happy to bring my own experience and ideas to this exciting project.”

Yandex has been the technology partner of SpeedDream since the prototype was launched. Going forward their role will become much more integrated into the overall design, engineering and computer modeling for the offshore prototype. Extensive CFD analysis will be run on Yandex’s powerful computing network to truly test all aspects of the larger design before it is built.

The SpeedDream design team will be expanded to include some well known European race boat design offices, further enhancing the current design team which includes Rodger Martin and Ross Weene of Rodger Martin Yacht Design. The goal is to balance SpeedDream’s revolutionary ideas and innovations against proven race boat design experience and expertise to create a design that can perform offshore.

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