Lars Larsson

Professor of Hydrodynamics at Chalmers University of Technology since 1982. Has lectured all areas of Ship Hydrodynamics at Master’s level over a period of 40 years. Supervised 20 doctoral students in Hydrodynamics. Published about 130 scientific papers on computational hydrodynamics applied to ship and yacht design. Author of three books.  A sailor since birth, he has extensive racing experience and has won several national championships. He has been an instructor in aero- and Hydrodynamics to the Swedish Olympic sailing team and participated as a design consultant in five America’s Cup campaigns in Sweden, USA and Italy. He also has many years of experience from cruising in Scandinavian and Mediterranean waters. (Lectures in Sweden and England)


Rolf E. Eliasson

Professional yacht designer. He has won four international design competitions and has produced a very large number of designs, both of sailing yachts and power boats. At present, more than 6000 yachts have been built to his design. Rolf has built several yachts himself and has crossed the Atlantic both ways in his 42-footer Overseas 42. For several years he lived on the boat during the winter season in the Caribbean. Since 1990, Rolf has been a member of working groups within the EU, setting ISO standards for yacht safety, stability and scantlings. (Sweden)


Tommi Mikkola

Teaching research scientist at Aalto University Marine Technology research group. He has a Master’s degree in engineering physics and a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. His research focuses on the modelling of the flow around marine vehicles and structures. He has vast expertise on both computational and experimental research  in the field. In addition to the research he has several years of experience on teaching at university level and is currently responsible for the lecturing of computational marine hydrodynamics at Aalto University. Tommi has been interested in sailing and yacht design since childhood and has both cruising and racing experience.(Finland)


Karl-Johan Furustam

Naval Architect. Was a project engineer at Wärsilä Helsinki Shipyard 1979-1982, working with preliminary hull lines and stability calculations. In 1982-2010 he was a research engineer at VTT, where the main activities were surveys and certification of pleasure and commercial craft. Since 2011 he is a senior expert at VTT Expert Services. His main expertise is stability and structural calculations, boat building materials and -techniques. He is a member of the ISO Technical Committee TC 188 (Small craft) since 1996, with a focus mainly on subgroup WG18 (scantlings) and WG22 (stability). Karl-Johan has designed and built two sailing yachts.(Finland)


Karsten Hochkirch

Dr.-Ing., Vice President, Futureship GMBH, Lecturer in areo- and hydrodynamics at the Technical University of Berlin. Experienced sailor and sailing instructor.(Germany)


Klaus Röder

Dipl.-Ing, Owner of Carpe Diem Yacht Design. Yacht Design education in Southampton. Experienced sailor.(Germany)


Robin Loscombe

Lecturer in small craft structures at Southampton Solent University since 1983. RYA structural assessor since 2003, Director Naval Architecture Services Ltd (1999-2010), member of ISO-12215 working group since 2001. Publications: various RINA conferences, Professional Boatbuilder, other technical journals. Naval Architecture degrees from universities of Newcastle and Southampton.  Shipyard and classification society experience. (England)


Giles Barkley

Lecturer in Yacht & Power Craft Design at Southampton Solent University since about 20 years. Taught basic Naval Architecture, Resistance and Propulsion, Marine Craft Hydrodynamics, and Advanced Yacht Design. Responsible for the Solent University´s 60 m model yacht tank. Experience as a consultant for many yacht design project. Chartered Engineer and member, RINA. Previous experience as a surveyor for small craft at Lloyds Register. (England)