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Yacht / Country :        NIPPON Sail No                      JPN-44 and 52 Syndicate :           NIPPON CHALLENGE  CEO :                  Tatsumitsu Yamasaki Yacht Club:                 Nippon YC  Designer :              Nippon Challenge                               Design Team                               Masanobu Katori                               Hideaki Miyata  ( assembled a young designers team   from 5 Japanese universities and various companies) Boat Builder :            Challengers                                    Building Team Skipper:                   Peter Gilmour
The driving force of  Nippon Challenge (1st participation + Semifinals 1992, Semifinals again in 1995) was Tatsumitsu Yamasaki, CEO of S + F Foods, Asia's market leader  in the Spice trade .Despite the Asian financial crisis, sponsorship money for two new yachts (JPN 44 and 52) could be provided A team led by the Japanese Professor Hideaki Myata designed 50 computer models, of which 5 were tested in the tank. The Australian professional sailor Peter Gilmour, who took care for years  for the team steered as  skipper JPN 44 on the 4th ranking in the semifinals of the LVC 2000.
JPN-44 NIPPON challenger ofthe Louis Vuitton Cup 2000
A team led by the Japanese Professor Hideaki Myata designed  50 computer models, of which 5 were tested in the tank.
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