The design of a boat for the America's Cup has always been a challenging task for any naval architect. While in the past the success of the boat was mainly a question of sensibility and experience of the boat designer, lately the increasing technologies and economical means usually at the disposal of the syndicates provides great potential. Both experimental and theoretical tools require a specific technical knowledge of the matter, which leads to the involvement of many specialised people in different fields. For this reason a big managerial effort is required to organize and collect data and ideas coming from different fields. This paper summarises the first experience of the "II Moro di Venezia" syndicate in dealing with the design methodologies from the hydrodynamic point of view. While a great part of the collected data are still of confidential nature, here a brief history of the design work and some peculiar aspects regarding the use of tools like the towing tank, the wind tunnel, the CFD codes and the VPP are presented.

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