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...and it’s going to take the world by storm 1. The Goal 2. The Team 3. Design Background

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4. Record Setting

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5. Why a Monohull?

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6. Technical Aspects

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7. Going Green! 8. SpeedDream Media

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9. Gaining Strength 10. Moving Forward

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11. Sponsor’s Returns

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Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet commerce

speed was among the main









Boatbuilding, railroads, automotive

Europe and ultimately led to the rapid


and aerospace industries all grew

growth of the United States.



The hunger for speed is a principal

will result in a super-fast monohull capa-

appetite for moving faster, cover-

motivator in a variety of sports. Pierre

ble of beating catamarans and trimarans

ing greater distances in the shortest

de Coubertin, the founder of the modern

at their own game. With that in mind our

possible time.

Olympic movement gave to people “who

goal is to establish a string of the new

Big ocean liners that plied the

dare to try to break records” this inspir-

records: to reach top speeds in excess of

waters between Europe and America

ing motto: “ Citius, Altius, Fortius – Faster,

50 knots on the open ocean, to establish

were fighting for the famous Blue

Higher, Stronger”. It’s worth pointing out

the longest day run of more than 1000

Riband Trophy. Although it was just an

that the notion of speed goes first in the

miles, to cross the Atlantic and circle the

honorary prize with no monetary value,

Olympic motto.

globe faster than any yacht ever.

and advanced from our insatiable

We believe that the true impact of this

it generated fierce competition with

Over the last few decades the quest

great rewards for the Trophy holder.

for speed in sailing has forged two distinct

daring project will extend far beyond set-

Many passengers wanted to travel

and different paths; those utilizing tradi-

ting new sailing records no matter how

on the fastest liner to reduce their

tional monohulls, and a small, elite group

lofty they are. Through the SpeedDream

time at sea. Considerable commercial

of high performance multihull enthusiasts


contracts for transatlantic deliveries

represented mostly by sailors from a

media and communication devices, we

were awarded to the fastest ships.

single nation – France. This soon led to

will take sailors and non-sailors alike on

Eventually national pride came into

the common perception that monohulls

a thrilling ride that reaches beyond the

play. The quest for the Blue Riband

are inheritently slow and nothing could

limits of our current knowledge. We in-

contributed greatly to technological

ever change this.

tend to inspire imagination and challenge

advancement which created an explosion

SpeedDream challenges this perception. We are confident that our design concept, based upon cutting edge technology and Speed-




established perceptions. SpeedDream is a campaign to accomplish something that today seems impossible and turn it into reality.



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Quest f or the f astest

o achieve our goals we are assem-


bling the very best international team






engineers, dedicated

sponsors. All team members will bring their diverse expertise in business and management, media and communica-

Project Leader - Design Coordinator

Vlad Murnikov


Cam Lewis

Business and Financing

John Carlson Fidelity Investments, Boston, USA

Research and Development

Stevens Institute of Technology, NJ, USA

Design Development

Pedrick Yacht Design, Newport, USA Rodger Martin Design, Newport, USA

Composite Boat Construction

Eric Goetz Boatbuilders, RI, USA

Advanced Composite Materials and Technologies

Jean-Pierre Mouligne, Gurit, RI, USA SP-High Modulus, UK-NZ

Structural Engineering

SP-High Modulus, UK-NZ SDK Structures, RI, USA

Mechanical Engineering Rig Engineering

Eugene Platon, Ukraine Hall Spars, RI, USA

Sail Development

Doyle Sailmakers, MA, USA

Media and Communications

Brian Hancock, Marblehead, USA

TV Documentary

Discovery Channel, Canada Mike Mathis Production, LA, USA Rick Deppe, Philadelphia, USA

tions, offshore racing design, multihull and powerboat design, hydrodynamics, structural engineering and advanced composites to this exciting project. The SpeedDream Team already includes an impressive list of the most talented and accomplished specialists in their respective areas and is growing steadily. Among those individuals and organization that have joined the SpeedDream Team


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strong interest in getting involved are:


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peedDream is a brainchild

Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet

of Vlad Murnikov, a radical sailboat


designer, born in Russia, now based


in the United States. Vlad was the project

boats ultimately won the design com-

leader and design coordinator for FAZISI,

petition. Today they completely dominate

year s

Russia’s first-ever entry in the Whitbread

the racing scene getting lighter and faster


Round the World Race. The Whitbread,

with each new generation. Murnikov’s unique

half-dozen designs from various man-

now known as the Volvo Ocean Race, is the

SpeedDream concept improves upon the

ufacturers followed in her wake and to-

premier global sailing competition. In the

once-revolutionary FAZISI blueprint and

day practically every dinghy producer

1989-90 Whitbread race, not only did the

advances the scientific art of boat design

has a similar boat in their line-up.

remarkable FAZISI with her minimal bud-

into as yet uncharted territory.



It is from the MX-Ray that Speed-

get and crew of novice sailors overcome

Another trend-setting design that influ-

Dream has borrowed her sharp wave-

impossible odds to place 11th in a field

enced the SpeedDream concept was MX-Ray,

piercing bow, very narrow waterline, and

of the world’s best yachts, she post-

a revolutionary boat that forever changed

dart-shaped hull.

ed the next-to-longest 24-hour run,

small boat sailing. When Murnikov came up

Other members of the SpeedDream

racking up a then-incredible 386

with the idea of super-fast single-handed

design team are bringing in their cutting

dinghy carrying an asymmetric spinnaker,

edge expertise in offshore racing boats,

FAZISI was one of the light-

nobody believed that the concept would

record setting multihulls, hydrodynamics,

est boats in the entire Whit-

work and that there would be sailors skilful

structural engineering, as well as hydro-

enough to handle such a boat.

foil and keel design. On top of this Speed-

miles in a single day.

bread fleet. Although the STEINLAGER,

Not only did the tiny 13-foot MX-Ray

Dream’s innovative rig and sails are going

the New Zealand ketch under the

proved to be extremely fast, capable of

be developed by the industry leaders. We

command of her legendary skipper

reaching 27 knots, she turned out to be

are confident that our team is capable of

Peter Blake won the race, the light-

great fun and very easy to operate. Over the

producing the fastest boat ever.

very heavy

“The SpeedDream challenge is particularly interesting because of the evolution of unrestricted sailboat design over the last 30 years. With recent developments in the Volvo Ocean Race, the multihull America’s Cup, A-Class cats and the Open Class there is no question in my mind that SpeedDream can be the next Transocean record breaker with the talent available to a design and engineering team led by Vlad Murnikov.” RODGER MARTIN - RODGER MARTIN YACHT DESIGN



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n 2008 world-renowned adventurer Richard Branson tried


to break the current transatlantic





Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet


highly record-setting


f a s t-

of 6 days, 17

In 2009 Pascal Bidegorry aboard trimaran

est global cir-

hours, 52 min-

Banque Populare set an incredible record

cumnavigation, has been completely

utes and 39 seconds on

for an eastbound transatlantic crossing – 3

taken over by multihulls. In almost two

a Super-Maxi called Virgin Money. Bran-

days, 15 hours, 25 minutes and 48 seconds!

decades no monohull has even tried to

son and his highly experienced crew had

Now the time has come for a monohull to try

challenge their domination. After test-

beating multihulls at their own game.

ing her performance in the series of

to abandon the attempt when the boat started breaking apart in the mid-

We believe that with the right crew

dle of the ocean. We believe that

and weather conditions, SpeedDream will

SpeedDream will be able to beat

breeze across the Atlantic in record time

Other transoceanic speed records will

what Branson calls “one of the

reaching top speeds in excess of 50 knots.

follow. Transpacific crossings from Los

greatest records of all time”,

With sustained speeds averaging 40-45

Angeles to Honolulu and from San Fran-

by three days by bridging the

knots, SpeedDream may even break the

cisco to Yokohama, as well as the sprint

performance gap between

mythical 1,000-mile-a-day barrier, a num-

from Miami to New York City and record

ber that has tantalized sailors for years.

speed setting during the Newport Ber-

monohulls and multihulls. These days catama-

Likewise, the challenge for the presti-

rans and trimarans com-

gious Jules Verne Trophy awarded for the

transatlantic record runs, SpeedDream will set out to change all this.

muda and Sydney Hobart races are in the SpeedDream cross-hairs.

“Right now there is so much development in multihulls that it seems like monohulls are forgotten or the mono’s that are built are really outgrowths of boats designed to the rating rules. A full on monohull that takes advantage of some of the best developments in multihulls [canting rigs, wing masts, foils] and some of the best developments in monohulls [foils, canting keels] will break new ground and serve to blend the multi and mono world together into a pure speed machine. It will be a challenge to build such a vessel that is designed for speed, engineered for lightness and strength, and built to survive.  We salute the SpeedDream team for the concept.  Now we look forward to the execution.” ERIC GOETZ - MASTER BOATBUILDER


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ed development while their designers were

draft, displacement, rig dimensions, sail

quest to design and build the

free to explore every possibility in order to

area - all the major design parameters -

world’s fastest monohull, capa-

find the best recipe for speed.

as well as materials that can be used for

ble of establishing remarkable speed

Monohull development, on the other

the boat construction. And yet, despite all

records in open ocean conditions in-

hand, has always been governed by class

these restrictions, VOR 70s are capable

cluding fastest transatlantic crossing

rules which put a huge damper on their

of reaching speed in excess of 40 knots,

and global circumnavigation.

performance capabilities. The VOR 70,

the same as the fastest multihulls. How-

Why a monohull?

today’s fastest monohull, is a relatively

ever catamarans and trimarans with

For decades catamarans and trima-

conservative design which in order to re-

their needle-like hull forms can sustain

rans were the fastest sailboats to ply

duce costs - and risks associated with the

higher speed for a substantially longer

world oceans, proving time and again

ultimate ocean race -

time periods than much wider and short-

their huge performance potential. All

oped in accordance to strict “box” rules.

this time multihulls enjoyed unrestrict-

has been devel-

The rule puts limits on lengths, beam,

er monohulls. Because of their relative beam and length monoghulls tend to

slow down after each burst of speed. The SpeedDream team believes that the






Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet

in stability while

reducing ballast weight. True, multihulls

matched and possibly even exceeded

don’t need ballast for generating righting

by a monohull if only we could discard

moment, but they have to carry around the

all the restrictions and design the most

weight of at least one or even two extra hulls

advanced boat possible. After all multi-

plus all the complex structure necessary to

hulls, no matter how big, long and slen-

keep it all together. We believe that modern

der, still sail in displacement mode while

technology makes it possible to produce a

high-speed monohulls can glide over the

monohull with a comparable weight and right-

water in a much more efficient planing

ing moment of a multihull, while taking full

mode. We see potential for a huge jump

advantage of the drag reduction due to the

in monohull performance, a true revolution

high-speed planing hull.

in design, while catamarans and trimarans

Our preliminary estimates show that the

would continue their incremental advance-

SpeedDream concept would result in a monohull

ment, evolving larger and wider while

capable of reaching 50-knot speed and maintain-

growing more complex and costly.

ing average speed on par with the fastest multi-

Generally, light boats are fast. Mono-

hulls. Building the world’s fastest monohull adds a

hull critics are quick to point out the bal-

new level of excitement to the never-ending quest

last weight that traditional boat has to

for speed. It will question the status quo and

carry in order to achieve sufficient stabil-

shatter existing stereotypes of high performance

ity. But recent advancements in canting

sailing. It would effect the sailing community in a

keel design allows for enormous

more profound way than any speed-record multihull simply because the vast majority of boats are

“There is no doubt that a monohull design that is unfettered by the design constraints of various racing rules and the need to perform on short around-the-buoys races, can be optimized to achieve speeds significantly higher than currently existing designs.  With the proper conditions these high speeds will translate into record breaking passage times. Many of the proposed features of the SpeedDream yacht represent further development of proven speed enhancing features combined together into a no-compromise package. Canting keels, canting rigs, lifting foils & innovative hull shapes are all currently utilized concepts that are increasing the speed of the existing fleet of high performance sailing yachts.”

monohulls. The design innovation and research that will go into this project and the experience gained will benefit future sailboat design, setting direction for next generations of sailing yachts.



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the most

Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet effi-

cient way. Some design-

from a combination of two main factors:

ers focus performance optimization on the

providing the boat with enough power

power increase. Multihulls are typical of this

and reducing her re-

approach as they grow larger and wider with

sistance in order to

every new generation to achieve higher and

utilize this power in

higher sail-carrying capacity. The problem, however, is that over-powered vessels are over-stressed, requiring more and more robust structure to survive. This comes at the expense of extra weight, calling in turn for even more power to maintain speed. Our solution is to reduce drag by all means possible. This way all available wind power is used more efficiently, requiring less sail area to achieve higher speeds. Less righting moment is needed, the boat is less stressed and can in fact become lighter while remaining just as strong. Lighter means faster. To greatly reduce resistance SpeedDream features a relatively narrow, slender hull, almost triangular in plan view and equipped with a sharp wave-piercing bow. The goal is to reduce drag in heavy seas as well as to minimize pitching and slamming. The boat is designed to sail most of time with a constant heel angle of around 20-25 degrees. This angle of heel is maintained

b y adjusting sail area and keel angle to suit wind conditions. Both the hull and rig are optimized to be at peak efficiency in these conditions with the hull having two narrow, planing surfaces port and starboard, each tilted at 20-25 degrees. During further design development we will have to verify the optimal heel angle and determine both shape and width of the planing surfaces to achieve best combination of maximum hydrodynamic lift and minimal hull drag. The overall hull design will concentrate on reducing its volume and surface area, while moving buoyancy and hydraulic lift as far outboard as possible. THE ULTIMATE CANTING KEEL The VOR 70 rules limit keel cant to 40 degrees. Geometry of currently used canting systems allows maximum cant up to 50 degrees, beyond which loads grow dangerously high. For the SpeedDream concept we have developed a proprietary system that allows much higher cant angles while


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maintaining significantly reduced loads.

Moth dinghy to reach

The goal is to ultimately taking the keel

speeds of 30 knots. Recently we saw a

It’s hard to underestimate the im-

completely out of water and thus remov-

huge wing sail propelling BMW Oracle

portance of the deck design and layout

ing significant portion of the strut and

in their Americas Cup victory. Now the

as it relates to performance the Speed-

bulb drag, eliminating their buoyancy

SpeedDream designers are looking clos-

Dream boat since at high speed her deck

and maximizing righting moment.

er at wings, trying to utilize uniquely

will frequently get submerged. Its shape

shaped hydrofoils to create additional

will be sculptured to quickly shed water

cally get submerged in waves, on the

righting moment and to partially offset

and to prevent large amounts of water

average this concept promises sizable

the boat’s displacement. Placed near the

reaching the cockpit. All of this will help

benefits for overall drag reduction.

center of gravity to diminish the nega-

reduce resistance and provide the best



tive effect of hull movement on their

protection for the crew.

should concentrate on finding optimal

performance, these foils will be capable

Naturally the task of protecting the

keel and strut shape to minimize drag

of creating lift equal to 30-50% of the

crew from the elements on a boat intended

while awash with waves.

total displacement. The wings could be

to reach 50+ knots in real ocean condition

retractable or fixed and could be used

is an enormous design challenge, but we

as separate appendages or in combina-

have a few interesting tricks up our sleeve

Wings were attached to the keel

tion with a daggerboard. The parameters

that will help make this inevitably wet boat,

in 1983 to help the Australians win

of the wing will be decided in the later

a little bit less wet and more comfortable

the America’s Cup. Hydrofoils allow a

stages of design process.

for her crew.

Even if the keel is going to periodi-




Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet



deck, with several

Among other venues we are actively

with the leading software developers and

strategically placed breakwaters, is de-

exploring are applications of stepped

research centers. It will allow precise con-

signed to shed water aside as quickly as

hulls, spray rails and other speed-en-

trol of the canting keel, rig and winches,


hancing features widely used on pow-

and to some degree sail trim.

The cockpit is set as far aft

as possible and is significantly elevated

erboats. The next step will be to take

It will also help minimize the energy

relative to the rest of boat. Both the

a closer look at the benefits of bottom

consumption necessary to operate the

helmsman and crew are protected by

aeration in order to fur ther reduce wet-

boat’s controls. Numerous stress sen-

oversized dodgers. The cockpit sole is

ted sur face. And that’s only a star t.

sors connected to a central CPU will be

a mesh trampoline with a deep, steeply

During the extensive research and de-

installed in crucial points on the hull

sloped channel below that allows water

velopment process, throughout design,

and rig structure to monitor loads and

to easily discharge through the open

construction and boat testing, designers

to alert the crew in case they are reach-

transom with minimal impact on the

and engineers will keep improving our

ing a safety threshold. By measuring the

crew and boat speed.

revolutionar y SpeedDream concept until

actual loads and stresses that the boat

it evolves into the most extraordinar y

is under, instead of using the arbitrary

speed machine ever.

design safety factors, will result in con-

All the functional attributes of the SpeedDream design also contribute to

siderable weigh savings while making the

the boat’s strikingly futuristic image. The SpeedDream design team views


entire structure lighter and more durable. Our goal is make SpeedDream a true

design as part science and part art and

In addition to a wide use of the most

believe that beautiful boats are fast

advanced design and engineering software


boats. This boat looks like nothing ever

(CFD, VPP and FEA), as well as accurate

symbiosis of man and machine, which

seen before and to our eye she is very

weather analysis and prediction, a unique

fully integrates the sailor’s experience,

beautiful. Therefore she has to be very

package of the SpeedDream proprietary

skill, intuition and sensory reactions with


software will be developed in cooperation

the computer’s power and speed.







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high profile PlanetSolar project

Quest f or the f astest

is currently underway aimed at

ered ones. The

circumnavigating the globe on a

450sq. meter area of so-


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100 foot vessel powered by entirely so-

lar panels that powers PlanetSolar could

run com-

lar panels in order to demonstrate the

generate 90kW of power (126hp). Sails of

puters, navigational

possibilities of clean energy. It’s a noble

roughly the same area will provide Speed-

instruments and other electronic devis-

goal, but let’s not forget that people have

Dream with the equivalent of 3000hp and

es. One of SpeedDream’s main goals is

been using the clean energy of wind for

propel her through the ocean at 50 knots.

to eliminate on-board diesel entirely, re-

Millennia, and with great results. Our

We hope that our project will highlight the

placing it with a small wind generator and

SpeedDream project will remind the

fact that sailboats are the most efficient, by

solar panels. With careful engineering,

world that sailboats are, in fact,

far the cleanest, and very nearly the fastest

the negative effect of any extra weight

vessels on the planet.

and increase in drag will be offset by

the ultimate clean, no-emission vessels,


Part of the SpeedDream design concept

the elimination of fuel tanks and engine

cient than solar pow-

is to reduce, by all means possible, the

weight. Most importantly, SpeedDream

boat’s energy consumption. A typical VOR

will be emissions free and will rely totally



70 requires running an auxiliary diesel

on wind and solar energy power.

generator of 50hp or more, almost con-

SpeedDream will prove that being

stantly, to recharge batteries, main-

green is not only responsible but it can be

tain pressure in the hydraulic system,

fast and fun.

“Research staff at Stevens Institute of Technology, Davidson Laboratory view the SpeedDream idea as technically challenging but also as a promising concept. The R&D will consider a number of topics in hydromechanics related to the wave-piercing hull concept, the large angle canting keel, and the hydrofoilbased stability system. While these innovative ideas offer the possibility of performance gains, they also present unique engineering challenges. If successful, SpeedDream will lead to a paradigm-shift in the notional definition of a high speed ocean going racing yacht.” LEN IMAS - STEVENS INSTITUTE



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the raw power, excitement and

Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet and record setting

wild beauty of the open ocean es-


ew sights in the world can match

be into life-

pecially from on board a futuristic vessel

In addition to the ambitious television

sailing in excess of 50 knots. Now, with

programming, SpeedDream Media will take

style and technology

satellite technology and small, handheld

full advantage of social networking with con-

sectors to broaden the reach of Speed-

HD cameras, live footage from on board

stant YouTube video releases, Facebook and

Dream and excite a whole new audience to

the boat can be captured and streamed

Twitter updates, and a stream of quality on-

open ocean record setting. A quarterly on-

globally in virtual real time.

line media including a SpeedDream blog and

line magazine will be produced along with a

website that will feature rights free video

coffee table book of SpeedDream from its

The Canadian Discovery Channel’s award winning program Daily Planet has expressed strong interest in covering the SpeedDream project.

inception to 50 knot reality.

and images for download. The sailing print media has al-

In the first months since officially launch-

ready embraced SpeedDream and will

ing SpeedDream, the project has been fea-

continue to feature the project, how-

tured in dozens of websites and numerous

ever the thrust going forward will

quality magazines from as far away as Japan, India, Russia and the Netherlands.

ABOUT DAILY PLANET Daily Planet intends to produce a number of segments that will capture the pure essence of offshore record setting and bring it directly into living rooms. No longer will sailors and adventurers toil in relative obscurity; the drama, personal stories and adrenaline induced excitement will be documented every step of the way – through construction, testing

Daily Planet is the internationally award-winning flagship show of Discovery Channel Canada. Now in its 15th season, Daily Planet is the first nightly prime time science magazine show in the world and has grown in the last decade to become a powerhouse of science and technology broadcasting internationally. With combined plays on Discovery Channel and the full CTV network, Daily Planet reaches an impressive 3.9 million viewers each week in Canada alone. From the lab to the living room, Daily Planet brings the world of science not only to Canada, but to millions of viewers worldwide.


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Quest f or the f astest peedDream Design has moved from conceptual into develop-


ment stage, verifying and opti-




tion software, it will validate the initial com-


posite weight estimates.



characteristics. The initial structural

SP-High Modulus is the marine division

study that has been recently conduct-

of Gurit, a global leader in advanced com-

ed by SP-High Modulus confirmed Vlad

posite materials manufacturing and engi-

Murnikov’s weight and strength esti-

neering. Gurit technology contributed to

mates and made it clear

the success of numerous projects in wind

that the

desired displacement of

energy, aerospace, automotive and the

18 tons is absolutely a

marine industry.

realistic target. The in-


novative configuration amid-



vative nature and

ships of the canting keel, lifting foil


and rig attachment points, is, as expected, to be the most challenging region of the structure. Further refinements of the design and structure will come in due course. Nevertheless, the design team is confident that after a comprehensive and de-



quirements are


suited for the

tailed design process



such as using







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mizing every technical aspect to ensure boat’s


cations. Says Francisco Santos, SP-High Modulus engineer in charge of SpeedDream development, “This project comprises design that clearly goes out of mainstream and presents

a motivating


fascinating opportunity for new design philosophies.”



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Quest f or the f astest m onohull on the planet

am Lewis, one of the most successful all-round sailors in the world, will captain Speed-


General Director of Fazis-Moscow, was


Cup, skippering the maxi-catamaran

among the first to recognize the tal-


Team Adventure and winning the 505

ents of Vlad Murnikov and to champion

We wanted to promote our business

dingy World Championships, Cam

his efforts by sponsoring FAZISI in the

worldwide and seek ways of cooperation with

1989/90 Whitbread Race.

world’s best companies.

Dream. From sailing in the Americas

is among the elite of the sport. “My mantra in life is to sail



Nobody believed then that the Soviet Union ack in 1988, at the very beginning

was capable of taking part in the world’s most

of Perestroika, the Soviet Govern-

challenging ocean race. The commonplace

ment eased its total monopoly on

skepticism, however, was crushed by Vlad’s

foreign trade and commerce and allowed

unfaltering optimisms and determination. In

possible. I am thrilled to

formation of the Joint Ventures with the

unthinkably short time his team found more

be named as captain of

Western companies. Energetic people, full

sponsorship, including the support form the

of ideas and plans, immediately seized

Western companies, designed and built the

the opportunity.

most radical and innovative 83-ft yacht, and

fast. On any boat. In any waters. The SpeedDream project is all about innovation, speed and going places as fast as




do all I can to help Vlad



One of the first such Joint Ventures –

brought it from Georgia to England aboard

his team set new

Fazis SP, was created in Georgia on the

the world’s biggest cargo plane. I am cer-

records and reach

Black Sea shores, and it was there that Vlad

tain nobody could ever repeat this. Except for

Murnikov brought his idea of building high

Vlad Murnikov himself.

new heights.”

performance sailboats. Lead by his dream,

The yacht FAZISI did well in the Whitbread

he charged forward undeterred by the lack

Race 1989-90. Our company received numer-

of money and experience. A great design-

ous attractive business proposals as well as

er himself, he gathered a team of talented

the first orders to build yachts at our facility

people who added their enthusiasm to the

in Georgia. I want to believe that the talent

Fazis SP’s manufacturing capability and ad-

and enthusiasm of people like Vlad and his

vanced materials and technology. Our goal in

new SpeedDream team this time around will

sponsoring Vlad Murniikov’s dream was not

benefit not only his new homeland America

just participation in the Whitbread Round

but his native Russia as well.


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Quest f or the f astest


major media event, not only


within the sailing community,

the design is

but also among a broad audience of

refined, sponsors will become fully

lifestyle and adventure enthusiasts.

integrated into SpeedDream. There will be

Speed has always captured the imagi-

numerous avenues for marketing, promo-

nation of the general public and with

tion, client entertaining and branding as

the global power of the Discovery

the project develops and this can be done

Channel as our media partner, we ful-

at an international level.

ly expect that there will be an inter-

In 1985 British entrepreneur Richard Branson used a similar project as a pro-

national audience for this quest. The demographics of a sailing au-

motional tool to win over business and cli-

dience are among the highest income

ents. In order to gain maximum publicity

earners and we invite sponsors and in-

his new airline, Virgin Atlantic, he set out

vestors who seek worldwide exposure

to establish a new speed record of crossing

to this group of individuals to join us.

Atlantic on a powerboat. Not only the su-

The returns will not be fleeting. Record

per fast vessel called Virgin Atlantic Chal-

setting and the variety of television pro-

lenger helped generate enough publicity to

grams surrounding the various attempts

successfully launch his airline. It also pro-




pelled Richard Branson into celebrity stardom, him

making a


known modern adventurer.


Dream is certain to spark a renewed ex-

interest in the ocean record setting.

posure for at least

Multihull aficionados, no doubt, will fight

a decade. Starting with build-

hard to keep their fading dominance, while

ing a scaled down prototype, to the full

more monohull sailors, encouraged by the

scale yacht and the various derivations

SpeedDream campaign, would challenge it.


ull on t he plan et



rivalry would continue for many years to come, SpeedDream will remain the pioneer, the first yacht to challenge the status quo and our partners and sponsors will continue enjoying the benefits of their involvement in our project. This long lasting residual effect of the SpeedDream legacy would become one of the many tangible marketing returns for our sponsors

“Every few years something special comes along and it quickly captures the public’s imagination. Speed and technology have always intregued people and I am absolutely certain that SpeedDream will do just that. It has the right balance of ambition, engineering performance, style and raw sex appeal. Just wait and see. SpeedDream is going to set the world on fire.� BRIAN HANCOCK

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