Name: Mario Caponnetto Team: Oracle USA Team – AC33, AC34
Role: Design Executive, Wingsail Design, Head of CFD
Date of birth: 10th July 1961
Place of Birth: Citizen: Italy
2010 33rd America’s Cup, BMW ORACLE Racing, winner 2004-2007: Louis Vuitton Cup, Luna Rossa, finalist 1990-1992: Louis Vuitton Cup, Il Moro di Venezia. Winner 28th America’s Cup, Il Moro di Venezia, finalist 1991: J/24 Italian Championship, second classified (helmsman) 1990: Copa del Rey, IMS class, overall winner, (tactician) Mario is a specialist in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis. He takes the designs of the hulls, appendages and sails produced by the other designers and supplies results in terms of aero and hydrodynamic forces that are used to compute the performances of the boat. He also assists with the development of concepts for the wingsail. He studied at Genoa University where he earned degrees in naval architecture and marine/mechanical engineering. He has been teaching similar classes at his alma mater for many years. In his academic career he’s written close to 50 scientific papers, mainly concerning flow dynamics, sails and yacht design, marine propulsion and optimization. “I consider myself mainly a propeller designer, with vocation for sailboat design,” says Mario. “I started my career in a military shipyard designing (and testing) submarine propellers.” While working for the shipyard Mario contributed to the design of the superyacht Destriero, the poweryacht that won the Blue Riband in 1992 for fastest Transatlantic crossing. In his youth Mario was a member of the Italian Sailing Team, racing internationally in the Optimist, FJ, 420, 470 and Soling one-design classes and won the 420 European Championship in 1980. “My best memories are related to Palma de Mallorca where I won twice the Copa Princesa Sofia in the 420 Class and twice the Copa del Rey overall in the IMS Class,” says Mario. Recently he enjoys sailing his Contender, a singlehanded dinghy with a trapeze, and a 29er with his daughter. He also enjoys windsurfing.