The idea for driRun was born after many years developing performance prediction and simulation technology for America’s Cup teams, but more specifically while designing the revolutionary AC72 foiling catamaran.
On October 16th 2012 the twenty million dollar Oracle Team USA catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay and was destroyed. During the four month rebuilding of the boat the sailors were docked, leaving their sports program in jeopardy and the development program with many unanswered questions.
This forced layoff painfully illustrated that the world of high performance sailing has become incredibly dependent on empirical testing which can be dangerous, expensive and in-efficient.
After the conclusion of the 2013 America’s Cup and inspired by the extensive use of simulators in aviation and motorsport we built driRun for sailor’s and engineers to safely explore the “sailing envelope” of new ground breaking designs – on dry land.