K Challenge announce designer

As part of their bid towards the next America's Cup

Tuesday April 8th 2003, Author: Stephanie Nadin, Location: France
As part of their challenge for the next America's Cup, the K-Challenge in France have signed of one of the better-known and successful naval architects and designers in the fiel.

Phil Kaiko was the principal designer for OneWorld and has been involved in the design of America’s Cup class boats since 1987. Kaiko designed America True in 2000 and the victorious America3 in 1992. Phil will be K-Challenge’s principal designer and will be joined shortly by a co-designer.

The signing of Kaiko is a strategic step in the process K-Challenge began 15 months ago of putting into position the key people, technical partners (including MCube which provides design and validation tools), and know-how to make K-Challenge a powerful French challenge.

Next to join the design team will be a technical director (whose name is being withheld until he is released from his contractual obligations from the last America’s Cup). Along with Kaiko, this addition reunites with Dawn Riley many of the key members of the America True team of 2000.

The response to the K-Challenge’s call for technical, sailing team, and afterguard has been overwhelming with more key individuals of this multi-national team to be announced soon. A first test for the K-Challenge sailing team may be its participation in the IACC Golden Gate Series and the IACC Worlds to be held in San Francisco September and October of this year where K-Challenge will have the opportunity to act as a sparring partner to Oracle Racing and Alinghi.

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