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.
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.
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).
Ms degree in Mathematical Modelling (France) & CFD (Yacht Research Unit, Auckland).
Prior to starting KND Cyrille worked in Auckland’s Twisted Flow Wind Tunnel, was a contractor for 31st America’s Cup team One World Challenge and won the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race as performance analyst for Groupama. Since then Cyrille has been in charge of performance analysis for:
– Team AbuDhabi, winner of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race
– Groupama Team France during the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda
– DongFeng Race Team, winner of the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race
– SailGP Team China (2019)
– SailGP Team ESP (2020)
His expertise lies in data analysis, software development and databases, and is always on the lookout for new technologies.
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.
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 and SailGP’s Team FRA.
Jose-Luis Ortin Montesinos
Meng. in Yacht Engineering
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.
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.