As an academic organization within the University of Palermo (Italy), our Zyz Sailing Team brings together students and professors with a shared passion for the design and manufacture of a racing sailboat. Our members have particular skill sets. Some are experienced with engineering design elements, such as CAD, the finite element method (FEM) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD), while others are expert craftsmen.
We began designing and building small sailing boats in 2008. Our latest challenge was the creation of Ercte, a 16-foot foiling catamaran constructed of marine plywood and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.