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Everyone uses computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in yacht design these days but you get what you pay for. Working with the best CFD experts in the industry can deliver a real competitive advantage – or a big commercial benefit.

One of the factors that contributed to the remarkable boatspeed advantage of Alex Thomson’s Hugo Boss over the rest of the Imoca fleet was an extensive programme of CFD simulations. What’s less well known is that Alex brought in a specialist CFD team, Dr Rodrigo Azcueta’s Cape Horn Engineering, to help deliver that advantage. Even now, with the next-generation Hugo Boss in build, the detail of that work remains shrouded in secrecy.

Read on.