Professional Boat Builder October 2010

We visited twice with the swiftly moving target that is Juan Kouyoumdjian, the 39-year-old Argentinean at the head of one of competitive sailing's hottest design offices.

The lights, it seems, are always on at Juan Yacht Design in Valencia, Spain. More than 20 consultants and staff cover design , naval architecture, and engineering , and at just 39 years of age, principal Juan Kouyoumdjian (koo-yoom-john) has established himself as one of the world's most sought-after designers of high-performance sailing yachts. And the lucky beneficiaries? Among others: the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race winner , Ericsson 4; the 100' (30m) canting keel Speedboat; and TeamOrigin 's 2010 TP52 (15.8m)for the America 's Cup.

When I first visited Kouyoumdjian in 2008, JYD had two main clients: TeamOrigin and Ericsson Racing Team. But the 33rd Auld Mug was about to become a legal quagmire. The 5th .floor design offices on Dr. J J Domine Street looked out over the western Mediterranean 's largest port and 12 hopeful America 's Cup bases. Painfully , the Alinghi - BMW Oracle feud whittled away the competitors, and the Cup challenge was eventually resolved in a two-boat Deed of G{ft match, just offshore from Kouyoum djian 's front window. Trixie Wadson caught up with the designer last June to .find out how he navigated through it all.

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