Our Team

Patrick Shaughnessy

President

Patrick was born in Annapolis, Maryland in 1970, Patrick began sailing and teaching in local junior sailing programs. He studied architecture and design at the University of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College before joining our team as a draftsman in 1990.

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Jim Schmicker

Vice President & Senior Naval Architect

Jim began his career at FYD in 1988 specializing in rating analysis and performance optimization. His experience in boat building and his knowledge of the IOR and IMS were invaluable to FYD during the late 80’s and early 90’s when world champion IOR 50’s, Whitbread Maxi’s, and One Tonner’s gave way to ILC Maxi’s, ILC 40’s and IMS Racers.

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Britton Ward

Vice President & Senior Naval Architect

Britton's responsibilities include the management and implementation of research projects that include tank and wind tunnel experiments, application of CFD and other simulation tools and development of our Farr Yacht Design VPP. Britt processes this data into useable information for conceptual design and hull shape development.

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Luke Shingledecker

Senior Naval Architect

Luke joined the team as a full-time employee in the summer of 2000, having served as a design intern for FYD the previous winter.  Luke was originally hired to assist with design related research and consulting tasks but his experience has also included detail drawing production and appendage design on a wide variety of projects.  His current responsibilities include preliminary and concept design, sailplan development, and design research as well as rating analysis and optimization.

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Alon Finkelstein

Senior Design Engineer

Alon joined our team in January 2003 and is responsible for research and design of appendages at FYD.  Appendages for today’s hi-tech racing sailboats typically involve some combination of a canting keel, lifting keel (with a heavy bulb attached to a long and slender fin), movable canard, twin rudders that lift-up or kick-up.

Jennifer Emmet

Office Manager

Jennifer began her career with team in 1990 after working with Beneteau USA for several years. From her early beginnings as Russell Bowler’s personal assistant, Jennifer’s role has continuously evolved to include support for Jim Schmicker and Luke Shingledecker in preparation of agreements and coordination of design/rating consultation work as well as assisting Patrick Shaughnessy with preparation of design agreements and project scheduling.

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Chris Cochran

Senior Design Engineer

Chris joined the team in October 2005. He previously worked as a naval architect for noted multihull designers Morrelli & Melvin, where he gained practical experience designing, engineering & racing on fast sailing craft. Originally from the Detroit area, Chris started racing keelboats while in high school. He soon began studying yacht design in his free time and worked at a sail maker to get experience in the marine industry.

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Keith Carew

Design Engineer

Keith  joined Farr Yacht Design in June 2008. His past experiences include work with production sailboat manufacturer Hunter Marine and mast manufacturers Sparcraft and Southern Spars. He has designed for 9 America’s Cup teams — two of them as a team member with Oracle Racing as well as projects such as Endeavour II, Speedboat, Mari Cha 4, Melges 20 and 32. Keith’s past work provides Farr Yacht Design with a wide range of experience from all aspects of the marine industry.

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Mike Vittorio

Design Engineer

Mike joined Farr Yacht Design in June 2013 upon graduating from Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. His responsibilities include processing research data for conceptual design and hull development and conducting rating studies for design optimization.

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Harmen Rockler

PR/Marketing Coordinator and Administrative Assistant

Harmen joined Farr Yacht Design in February 2014 after graduating from Syracuse University in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and Newspaper Journalism. He creates content for the Farr Yacht Design and the Farr Yacht Sales website, blog, and social media outlets. He also creates promotional plans for Farr-designed boats.

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