About us

KND-SailingPerformance was born from the common vision of its three founders, all involved in the 32nd America's Cup. Its vision is to provide the best optimization services for racing yachts.
In order to achieve this goal we have gathered a unique mix of competences ranging from the design field with CFD and VPP expertise, to "on the water" data analysis. Combining these skills is essential to fully understand race yacht optimization.
Since 2011 we have worked relentlessly, continuously developing our own tools and methods for analysis, staying at the top in our field. The race results of the teams we work with is a tribute to the quality of our services.

Roland Kleiter

Ms in Naval Architecture - Before joining KND-SailingPerformance Roland helped develop the panel code "Das Boot" with Michael Richelsen and created, in combination with the NorthSails VPP, one of the most effective sailboat optimization loops. He used these successfully within the Judel-Vrolijk design office on TP52 programs (Audi Med Cup winners in 2006 and 2007). Roland was then involved with the German America's Cup Design Teams (Illbruck Challenge, UITG & Deutsche Challenge). After the Cup and before starting KND he was actively working on performance predictions programs, collaborating with racing designers such as the North Sails Design Group, Jason Ker, Reichel Pugh, as well as the Italian Olympic program.


Dimitri Nicolopoulos

Ms degree in applied Mathematics - Prior to joining KND-SailingPerformance Dimitri participated in two Americas Cup cycles as design coordinator ( Areva Challenge and Deutsche Challenge), 2 Audi Med Cups as performance analyst, including a 2011 victory with Quantum Racing. He participated in a number of high level projects including Abu Dhabi Volvo70 rig development, IMOCA60 SAFRAN 2011 bulb optimization, performance development of the Bronze Medal Yngling for Beijing Olympics... Beyond sailing Dimitri brings to KND-SailingPerformance 15 years of high tech management expertise in nuclear, supercomputing and automotive industries worldwide (CAE & CFD).


Cyrille Douillet

Ms degree in Mathematical Modelling (France) & CFD (Yacht Research Unit, Auckland). Prior to KND-SailingPerformance Cyrille worked in Auckland's Twisted Flow wind Tunnel. He then worked with One World Challenge as a contractor for the 31st America's Cup in New Zealand. During the 32nd America's Cup he was in charge of development for Areva Challenge's performance analysis. Cyrille was in charge of performance analysis for Equipo Telefonica during the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race and for Groupama, winner of the 2010-11 edition. His expertise lies in data analysis, software programming and databases, and is always on the lookout for new technologies.


Jose-Luis Ortin Montesinos

Meng. in Yacht Engineering from Auckland Univ. and in Naval Architecture from Cartagena Univ. Jose Luis' passion for yachting saw him travel the world! After finishing his studies in Auckland he worked with Jason Ker in England prior to joining KND to work on performance analysis and design optimization projects. He has been in charge of various projects ranging from the classic yacht Rowdy to the TP52 Gladiator as well as development of aero coefficients for our VPP.

Anne Nicolopoulos

PhD in molecular biology, Anne was involved in the sailing industry working 5 years at Future Fibres before joining KND. Since then she has been taking care of the performance analysis of high end programs including TP52s Bronenosec and Phoenix, IRC72 Jethou, super maxi Rambler88, as well as the J Class Velsheda. More recently Anne has been in charge of the 2017 Vendee Globe winner BanquePop VIII.


David Rey

Ms. degree in Engineering from France's 'Arts et Metiers ParisTech' and Spain's 'Polytecnico de Valencia', David grew up in New Caledonia racing dinghies in the Pacific. After one year at Future Fibres David joined KND to work on performance analysis as well as helping out on software development. Among various projects, David is in charge of the multi yacht performance analysis of the Quantum TP52 teams as well as the World Champion IRC72 Bella Mente.



In the press

Seahorse March 2015



Seahorse March 2015



NorthSails and the Volvo Ocean Race May 2014



Seahorse April 2014



April 2014



Seahorse November 2013



Yachting Australia August 2013 (article by Will Oxley)