Making the boat go faster

Sometimes research really is about making the boat go faster. Team New Zealand trialled two of their new catamarans yesterday, small models of the real thing. The boats were built in Seaview, Wellington, and rely on some serious computational design effort to get them flying along. Many of the smaller boats are being built, so they can be raced and tested against each other while the design is honed. Peter Blake's question "will it make the boat go faster?"  is often asked about efforts to improve the economy. WIth real yachts, making them go faster needs research, development, and collaboration between people with a wide range of specialised skills. Just need to get the same approach across the economy ...