A Champion Racing Yacht Designer

A Champion Racing Yacht Designer, Chasing Perfection
JUAN KOUYOUMDJIAN HAS BECOME THE DOMINANT DESIGNER OF THE ULTIMATE YACHT RACE THROUGH CUTTING-EDGE R&D AND AN INDEFATIGABLE PERFECTIONISM

Juan Kouyoumdjian has designed the last two winners of sailing’s most demanding competition, the Volvo Ocean Race, a nine-month, 39,000-nautical-mile marathon around the globe.

This year, however, the reigning champ is guaranteed to lose. True, the race is far from over.

There are three legs to go, starting with the transatlantic Miami-to-Lisbon crossing, which began weekend before last. But make no mistake. Juan, as he’s known in sailing circles, will come up short. In fact, he’ll have two losing boats this time. There’s also a good chance he’ll lose and still win.

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