The new America’s Cup boats, the AC75s, are flying bolides that sail suspended from the water through the appendages, the foils. But how do you design a flying boat? What happens above, what happens below? We talked about it with Mario Caponnetto, CFD (Computational Fluid Design) Leader of Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. The one that, in money, makes it fly!
WHO IS MARIO CAPONNETTO
Mario, born in Genoa in 1961, has a degree in Naval and Mechanical Engineering. Excellent sailor, he has achieved important results both on dinghies and IMS boats. His first experience in the America’s Cup was on the occasion of the challenge de il Moro di Venezia as CFD and tank trials manager. For many years he worked as a researcher first at the University of Genoa and then at the EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). He was part of the Luna Rossa team from 2004 to 2007 and then became a member of the Oracle team from 2007 to 2013, with which he won two America’s Cups, and of BAR in 2017. He is co-founder of the Caponnetto-Hueber company.