TEAMORIGIN decide not to work with Juan Kouyoumdjian for the 34th America's Cup
[Source: Team Origin] TEAMORIGIN today announced that discussions with Juan Yacht Design (JYD) for the 34th Americas Cup are not progressing. Grant Simmer, who joined TEAMORIGIN in June after 10 years with Alinghi in various senior management roles, including design coordinator, has been undertaking a review of the team's design options.
Simmer holds a strong view that with a new design rule soon to be announced, teams need to be in a position to be able to build their design capabilities to reflect the new rule. As preparations for the next America's Cup gather momentum several weeks of discussions have taken place between TEAMORIGIN and JYD. Last week however TEAMORIGIN decided to take an alternative approach than the one offered by JYD and as a result terminated discussions with JYD.
The first and last Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed yacht for Team Origin getting ready for the AUDI Medcup Barcelona event next week in the team's base. Valencia, 9 July 2010. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing