Ker Yacht Design

 

Ker Yacht Design has built a formidable international reputation from the considerable success of its designs on the racecourse. This success stems from a rigorous technical approach that takes full advantage of the most innovative and current technologies. Then the design team applies them to a diverse range of projects from America's Cup race projecst to luxury cruising yachts. A fundamental philosophy of the office is that all members of the team are passionate and capable sailors and that spirit and that enthusiasm flows through its design work. Ker Yacht Design seeks to leverage its technology and skill to provide clients with the best designed yachts possible and strongly believes that it represents the future of advanced yacht design.

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History

Shakermaker - One of Jason's first designs

After gaining wide experience working with renowned offices, ranging from 86m fast ferries to multihull racers, Jason Ker gained his first private race boat commission ‘Shakermaker’ in 1997. Ker Yacht Design (KYD) was soon established and stepped up onto the international stage during the Admiral’s Cup of 2003, when the Ker 55 Aera (renamed Bribon for the event) won all seven inshore races. Since then the Ker office designs have continued to dominate under the IRC rule, winning many important regattas and offshore races throughout the world (see Racing Results ). Ker Yacht Design has continued to have substantial success in the Fastnet Race, Sydney Hobart Race, Quantum Key West Week, Middle sea Race, RORC Caribbean 600, the China Cup, Rolex Commodores Cup, Cowes Week, Fast40 Class and the IRC Nationals (where a KYD boat has won IRC 0 in 9 out of the last 10 years) and to name a few. The success of ‘Aera’ was shrewdly spotted by Salvatore Sarno of Team Shosholoza who subsequently asked Jason to assemble and lead a design team for his high-tech/low- budget South African America's Cup team which over the course of three years rapidly surpassed all reasonable expectations; the speed of the boat was highly respected during the Americas Cup racing in 2007.

During a further three AC campaigns, the KYD office has amassed a technical arsenal second to none. The Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis and neural network tools developed out of Jason’s Americas Cup experience have provided the foundation for a new generation of lighter and faster production race boats as well as numerous custom commissions. Jason and his design team have pioneered the move towards lighter displacement, high performance IRC designs as demonstrated by the Ker 40 and Ker 46. These have been further developed into the contemporary race winning Fast 40+ and 46+ designs. Jason’s passion for performance has always been evident in his cruising yachts including his most recent project where he and his team have made advances in developing, a series of luxury, lightweight, hybrid composite revolutionary catamaran designs from 50-90’ which combine cruising luxury with performance.

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Consultancy

As a member of both the International Technical Committee and the advisory council of the "Sailing Yacht Research Council", Jason Ker actively contributes to the sport of yacht racing through development of improved rating technology for the ORC rule.

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