Wing sails were starting to become news while I was a budding naval architect. Initially they were being used by the crazies doing the "Little America's Cup" in C-class catamarans, the technology was used in the infamous "Cat and Dog" America's cup by Stars and Stripes and by the time I left the field, the speed sailing record was held by a wing sail boat - Yellow Pages Endeavour. They always held a lot of promise, but the main promise was one of almost unending maintenance and vast vast expense, particularly if one were to capsize.
So I was a little surprised to hear that BMW Oracle are now running a wing sail on their 90ft square trimaran. Built by two Kiwis, no less. I mean, gawd, look at that thing - 190ft tall (80% bigger than a 747 wing) and presumably almost entirely carbon fibre. And what an entirely beautiful boat. I so want a go :)
Previous next big things include development of the capture and intermediate compression technology in iShowU-HD; design and implementation of a small advertising network; the refinancing, technical direction, and a lot of the donkey work for Virtual Katy; technical direction, project management and (again) donkey work for VoiceQ; creating code and intellectual property around load balancing that was acquired by Allied Telesis; and the research and an implementation of the h.264 video compression protocol.