About Us

 

KND-SailingPerformance was born from the common vision of its three founding partners, all involved in the 32nd America’s Cup. Our vision is to provide the best optimization services for racing yachts. 

In order to achieve this goal we have gathered a unique team of engineers with a 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

Roland Kleiter

Ms in Naval Architecture

Before starting 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

Dimitri Nicolopoulos

Ms degree in applied Mathematics

Prior to starting 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

Cyrille Douillet

Ms degree in Mathematical Modelling (France) & CFD (Yacht Research Unit, Auckland).

Prior to starting 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. Cyrille was in charge of performance analysis for Abu Dhabi, winner of the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and was a member of the Groupama Sailing Team during the 35th America’s Cup. His expertise lies in data analysis, software programming and databases, and is always on the lookout for new technologies.

Anne Nicolopoulos

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

David Rey

Ms. degree in Engineering

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.

Jose-Luis Ortin Montesinos

Jose-Luis Ortin Montesinos

Meng. in Yacht Engineering

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.
Valentin Le Pivert

Valentin Le Pivert

Ms. degree in Weather Forecasting

Ms. in weather forecasting from France´s ‘Ecole Nationale de la Météorologie’, Valentin comes from Britanny racing optimist and lasers. Hired in 2017, he developed the post-racing routing program and the site effect analysis based on onboard data. Valentin joins the performance team, notably in charge of Scallywag winner of the leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean race 2017.

Andrea Emone

Andrea Emone

Ms. degree in progress

Currently finishing a Ms. in Aerospace Engineering from ‘’Universidad Polytecnica de Valencia’’. She is now specializing in aerodynamics and joined KND in 2017 for a long term internship. She is part of the performance team there, also working on foil hydrodynamics (CFD). Andrea has been racing windsurfs for years and participated in her first international race in Sopot, Poland, 2012. She achieved a bronze medal in Torbole, Italy in 2014. She also trained in the olympic RS:X class. 

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