Designer Ferguson stays with Oracle Team USA
The design team features 11 Americans, including islander Scott Ferguson, the wing design manager who is back for a third successive America’s Cup with Oracle Team USA. A collegiate All-American sailor, Ferguson has 30 years of design experience and is an expert in masts, spars and wing sails.
“We know this is going to be a big challenge as the competition is always getting better,” he said. “We’ll be working to a new class rule again with more constraints, but there should be a plenty of scope for innovation.”
Among those new to the team are Americans Len Imas and Hal Youngren. Both worked with Team New Zealand last year, contributing to the design of a Kiwi boat that came within one race of winning it all.
The Oracle design team met as a group for the first time in San Francisco last week and is eagerly awaiting the release of a new class rule.
“In many ways, the release of the design rule is the starting gun for the 35th America’s Cup,” said Team USA general manager Grant Simmer. “From that moment on, the clock is ticking towards the start of race one. Time, which is your most precious currency in these campaigns, starts to get spent. We need to be ready to work from day one and spend our time wisely.”
Other Americans on the design team include Paul Bieker, Aaron Perry, Bryan Baker, Tom Speer, Eric Jolley, Andrew Gaynor, J.B. Braun and Kurt Jordan.
Rounding out the team is Frenchmen Dimitri Despierres and Steven Roberts, Spaniards Juan Vila and Jose Luis Vela, Germans Christophe Elberding and Thomas Hann, and Australian Ian Burns.