In the last three decades, few design firms in the world have achieved the level of success of Reichel/Pugh Yacht Design. There are thousands of high-performance custom racing and cruising yachts throughout the world, but only a few are exceptional. What makes a distinctive yacht begins with the selection of the right design team—one that is innovating and at the leading edge of its field.
To translate an owner’s requirements into a consistently winning reality is an art, combining inspiration and vision with the ultimate in professionalism. The Reichel/Pugh ethos is rooted in collaboration. The combination of having an in-house staff of designers and engineers to listen to and focus on a client’s individual needs along with ready access to independent experts with fresh, new perspectives makes for designs which not only meet, but exceed a client’s expectations. They establish new paradigms.
Innovation and progress would not be possible without the dynamic staff that supports daily efforts within the studio. We are pleased to introduce to you the Reichel/Pugh Team of: Tony Beale, Will Cyr, Dan Flanigan, David Oliver, Kate Sheahan and AJ Sawyer—headed by Jim Pugh and John Reichel.
Anthony Beale - Senior Design, Naval Architecture & Project Management
Originally from New Orleans, Tony earned his degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York. Before joining Reichel/Pugh in 2005 he worked as a Naval Architect designing commercial/navy vessels. As a Senior Naval Architect, Tony is responsible for design development and project management of new builds. He also spends time onsite at yards during construction and sea trials as well as sailing with clients at major regattas to provide performance and rating analysis. Tony’s extensive racing history complements his professional skills and provides a strong background for yacht design. Outside of his sailing responsibilities for the company he owns and sails a Melges 24 and foiling moth.
Will Cyr - Naval Architect / Structural Engineer
Born and raised in the Midwest, Will Cyr started sailing at the age of five aboard a family sailboat. He grew up racing around the country in various dinghies while campaigning keelboats on distance races concurrently. Will graduated from the University of Michigan’s Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program. As a college sailor, he was named an All-Conference skipper twice and represented his team at national championships for team racing, offshore, and match racing. As a new addition to the team in 2015, Will brings structural design experience from the defense and commercial industries. Will is currently training full time for hydrofoil board racing and is a sponsored racer on a professional circuit.
David Oliver - Design, Naval Architecture & Structural Engineering
David grew up in Connecticut and began sailing dinghies and keelboats at a young age on Long Island Sound. In addition to racing throughout the summer and frostbiting in the winter, David’s passion for sailing extended to cruising with the family aboard their J40, with trips up the coast to favorite destinations such as Narragansett Bay, Buzzards Bay, Cape Cod and Maine. Raised in a sailing family, where his father was a past NYYC Race Committee Chair and both father and grandfather had been members of the America’s Cup Race Committee during the 12-meter era in Newport, the natural attraction to yacht design was inevitable and David attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During college, David learned the industry skills required and gained hands-on experience with tow-tank testing and the complete yacht design process in addition to four years of college sailing and two terms as team captain. He graduated with a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and joined Reichel/Pugh in 2014 after previous work with Tripp Design and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). David brings a broad set of skills encompassing structural engineering, regulatory approval, exterior styling and performance development. David’s focus on both design and engineering roles enables the Reichel/Pugh team to effectively translate design and aesthetic requirements into practical, engineered solutions.
Adrian Sawyer - Structural Design and Materials Engineering
Adrian has been with R/P’s engineering division since 2015. He comes from a strong background in composites engineering from multiple aerospace and material startup companies. His technical contributions to R/P include a wide variety of computational modeling, structural optimization and composite manufacturing methods. Adrian also leads R/P’s FEA engineering support, specializing in global load analysis, structural topology and composite ply-by-ply optimization. His current sailing focus is high performance multihulls with a full program in this year’s SoCal coastal and offshore events.
Dan Flanigan - Structural Engineering & Naval Architecture
Originally from Tiverton, Rhode Island, Dan graduated Bucknell University with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Southampton in Yacht and Small Craft Design. Through a summer with the Oakcliff sailing program, he learned the skills required to run a professional race team from logistical planning, to navigation, and hands-on composite construction. Dan brings with him ocean racing experience including the Marblehead to Halifax race and a win in the RORC Transatlantic race. When not working at RP or racing offshore Dan is committed to training for Ironman Canada in July 2017.