The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation stated that their Myles Cornwell, Executive Director, would be stepping down from his post to go back to his work as a naval architect. Earlier, the SYRF Board of Directors has appointed Research Analyst McKenzie Wilson as Cornwell’s successor as an interim basis, who has been with SYRF since the year 2015’s September.
Under Cornwell’s guidance, SYRF has got great impulse in its aim to include science in sailing, most notably by helping in the culmination of the landmark Wide-Light Project which researched the precision of CFD codes in modeling sailboat works of modern hull designs, making the SYRF online Library of published research, as well as other important SYRF backed programs.
Before becoming a part of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, Wilson was a cloud software consultant at Oracle, where she partnered with corporate clients to improve analysis and data access. Wilson is a Stanford University graduate, and he was a member of Academic All-American at the university sailing team. He is still very much actively involved in high performance handicap sailing across the United States and internationally, contending in pack and match racing, very recently having won the ISAF Nations Cup 2015 in Vladivostok in Russia. Wilson would bring both racing as well as analytical experience to the place.
Wilson said that he really appreciate the trust that the Board has placed in him and he look forward to working with their Advisory Council, their Board members as well as their existing and future grantees to further the progress SYRF has made under Myles’s directorship. To be specific, he look forward to backing a cutting-edge research as well as making data more available to the community by leveraging new technology as well as information channels.