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