America One San Pedro Chronicles:
Hull Flow Research Blends Theory With Practice
SAN PEDRO, CA - July 25, 1999 - Training has started in San Pedro and will continue until the end of August. For daily reports on activities ashore and afloat, visit this site daily for news, commentary and photographs.
Daily Report, July 25, 1999
Phew, the weekend is gone, and its hard to tell from inside the compound. The days seem to fly by so quickly.
This time last week we were still buzzing from the champagne at the launch fest. For those of you there, you may not have noticed two diminutive individuals walking around with some of their families. Winfried Feifel and Beth Lurie, two of our fearless scientists taking a few moment off from their mind- boggling and brain-straining efforts! To see these two people in our team, they blend in with us all, but to hang out with them is another story altogether. Feifel and Beth and their research teams, run our hull flow research, particularly the foils (keel attachments). Their credentials list out the gate, projects and participations ringing loud in familiarity.
Winfried is a graduate of Stuttgart University, and is currently senior flow dynamics research fellow at some insignificant company in Seattle running the name Boeing. Beth is no slouch, steaming through MIT, and choosing to settle at the United Technologies Group in Connecticut, which parents other little hobby companies such as Pratt and Whitney, Sikorsky, Hamilton Standard (which makes astronaut equipment suits, and equipment) etc. Myself, I chose to include myself in this hallowed company, as my credentials in aviation-related industry and flow dynamics is also quite long and "up there". I feel that my private pilot (helicopter) licence qualifies me to mix with our intellectual "crew".
I am absolutely besotted by flying, and have wasted many many hours at airports watching planes take off and land. Now earlier in the year I "just happened" to be passing through Seattle, so was fortunate enough to be able to look in on Winfried in his element at Boeing. Because they are quite deep in research at Boeing, I couldn't get too far in to the nerve center, but was enough to be sitting there watching full-blown commercial jet prototypes landing and taking off, dragging all sorts of balloons and telltales around in circuits!
With Beth and Winfried here with us, we get their rocket theorization, and get to blend it with our yacht type of practicality. Everybody tries to get their ideal situation, and we end up with a good result.
Also they get to learn a lot about our flow characteristics, and we get to learn a real lot about the dynamics of our keels, its REALLY interesting. You could just keep flow testing for a year, and still love it -- can't though, gotta race to race!!!
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