Future Talks

All talks at Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street 7.15 for 7.45 unless otherwise advertised. Licensed bar serving hot drinks, cakes and snacks. No charge to attend. Contributions welcome.

Mon 5th June 2017 – Jonathan Ridley – “Latest materials and techniques in racing yacht design”

Steam may give way to sail, but for the top racing yacht, foils have replaced sails. Jonathan will be talking about the materials used in the latest racing yachts and the technology behind their design.

After qualifying with a degree in BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design from Southampton Institute, Jonathan worked for the United Kingdom’s Defence Evaluation Research Agency (known as DERA) and later QinetiQ at Haslar. In this role he worked with both experimental and computational fluid hydrodynamics ranging from the application of flow simulations for consultancy to research to develop and validate numerical models to simulate fluid flows. As well as this theoretical work, Jonathan worked on small and large scale model testing. He did this on a wide range of projects ranging from submarines and large civil and military vessels to America’s Cup yachts.

Following this Jonathan joined Warsash Maritime Academy as a Senior Lecturer, teaching Naval Architecture and Ship Stability to both officer cadets and senior officers in the Merchant Navy, along with undergraduate students on engineering and maritime operations degrees. In this role Jonathan also undertook consultancy work covering naval architecture, education, training and assessment for the maritime industry. In 2010 Jonathan became a Principal Lecturer with responsibility for the management of Merchant Navy cadets and Student Support.

In 2014, Jonathan co-authored ‘Reeds Volume 13: Ship Stability, Powering and Resistance’, part of the renowned Reeds Marine Engineering and Technology Series, which is now a core text book on many Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering degrees.

Jonathan is now the Head of Engineering at Southampton Solent University, with responsibility for a range of degrees including yacht design.