Gino grew up around cars and hot rods.  A self-taught engineer, Gino transferred his love of fast cars to fast boats, building a series of catamarans which he raced with his family off Hurricane Gulch off Cabrillo Beach, California.

Gino  designed the platform for the 1988 America’s Cup defender, Stars & Stripes. Gino also served as a member of the Stars & Stripes sailing team. His ProSail 40 catamarans served as predecessors to today’s AC 45’s. These boats are still actively raced today.

Gino’s work led him to a partnership with  adventurer, Steve Fossett. who commissioned the design of Cheyenne (PlayStation) a 125-foot maxi offshore catamaran designed to break records including the non-stop Round-the-World mark. PlayStation went on to set numerous World Speed Records.

The Morrelli & Melvin design firm served on the design team of the 2010 winner USA-17 and in 2011 Morrelli & Melvin was commissioned to draft the design rules for the AC 72s that raced in the 2013 America’s Cup.

Morrelli & Melvin served on the design team of Emirates Team New Zealand’s. ETNZ were the first to foil. Morrelli & Melvin was a key player that  brought the foiling transformation to  the America’s Cup.

The February 1st meeting at DPYC is your chance to learn more. Register here

 

Gino Morrelli to be speaker at February Meeting