High Performance Yachts

Artemis Technologies is a world leader in high performance yacht design working for clients competing in the most prestigious sailing races including the America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race, Vendee Globe, SailGP, Route du Rhum, TP52, RC44, Olympics, and Farr 40. 

A number of these projects have included use of both standard and bespoke components developed by Artemis Technologies. Find out more here.

A selection of recent high performance design projects are listed below.

 

Azzurra TP52

After losing out in 2018, Azzurra secured the services of Artemis Technologies to look at ways to increase round the course boat speed by making targeted changes to the hydro and aero packages. It was a very productive marriage of Azzurra’s sailing skill and knowledge of the class, with Artemis Technologies’ design and optimization tools developed over 7 years of America’s Cup campaigning. The partnership resulted in Azzurra winning the 52 SUPER SERIES championship title in 2019.

 

Offshore Classes

Artemis Technologies has worked with multiple offshore race teams across a number of single handed monohull and multihull classes including the Ultime and IMOCA classes. This has primarily focused on design services utilising the in-house design tool chain. Find out more here

 

SailGP F50

Launched in 2018 for SailGP, the fan-centric grand prix racing circuit, the F50 is a high-tech, one design class and is powered by a 24-metre wingsail and flies above the water on hydrofoils which has produced a 15% performance gain in comparison to its predecessor, the AC50.

SailGP features a fleet of six F50s, three of which are complete new builds. Compared to the AC50, they have been extensively modified with new foils and board cases, new rudders and elevators, new hydraulics and electronics, a new cockpit layout for five crew, a new steering system, and a new flight control system operated by a joystick.

In 2019, the F50 beat the Sunfast 3300 and Ichi Ban to win the Goslings Boat of the Year at the World Sailing Awards.

Artemis Technologies provided a range of engineering and design services to SailGP including:

  • Participation in appendage design

  • Performance prediction 

  • Hydraulic system design and testing

  • Control system architecture and complete software design

  • Electronics: bespoke component design including Can Valve Driver, Steering Wheel Twist Grip, Flight Contoller, and CAN ADI Module

 

Artemis Racing AC50

Built to the 35th America's Cup design rule, the key areas left for the teams to explore and innovate in the new Class, lay in the design of the appendages (foils and rudders), aerodynamics, and the onboard hydraulic and electronic control systems. The hydraulic systems were required to be completely powered by human effort and combine traditional sailboat engineering with aerospace technology.

In the Appendage design field, Artemis pushed the design and engineering limits to gain performance by using coupling fluid and structures modelling in the design phase.

In the systems field Artemis developed an entire framework from power management and distribution to advanced flight controls system, allowing the sailors to maintained a stable flight. The wing was controlled using a custom hybrid mechanical / hydraulic system, allowing advanced functionalities such as tunable twist profile over span while keeping a lightweight system.

This approach resulted in Artemis Racing clocking the fastest speed in the America's Cup, 49.7 knots, and the team reaching the Challenger Series Final in Bermuda.