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Froude Medal Small Craft Group Andrew Claughton is known and respected
throughout the world, having worked with a
Awarded to Medal number of the world’s leading yacht design
practitioners. He is an active member of
distinguished
Scottish Shipbuilder T
he 2008 Small Craft Group Medal the offshore racing council’s international
was presented at the 2009 AGM to committee as well as many others, having
Andrew Claughton, in recognition of participated in the development of racing
his significant and continuing contribution to yacht rules and regulations including the
yacht research. International Measurement System (IMS),
T
he William Froude Medal has Andrew Claughton graduated in Ship Volvo and America’s Cup Class rules.
been awarded to the late Sir Robert Science from the University of Southampton His significant contributions range from
Easton, Honorary Vice President in 1975, where he continued as a post work on the stability of yachts in large
and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval graduate researcher. Two years later, he joined breaking waves following the infamous 1979
Architects in recognition of his contribution the Wolfson Unit M.T.I.A. Fastnet Race, leading to improved regulations
to shipbuilding in the UK during his 42 The Wolfson Unit for marine technology and increased understanding of yacht capsize
year career which started as an apprentice at and industrial aerodynamics is a naval to the development of yacht performance
Fairfield Shipbuilding Company and ended as architectural consultancy based in the prediction, by expanding testing technology,
Chairman and Managing Director of Yarrow University of Southampton and has been analysis techniques and tools.
Shipbuilders Ltd. closely associated with the technology of Andrew Claughton has worked in the
Sir Robert, who died last year, was indeed sailing since its creation in 1967. Through field of America’s Cup since the early 1980,
a much respected elder statesman of Scottish his professional efforts both within the Unit, having conducted tank and wind tunnel
shipbuilding, and it most fitting that his his time racing offshore yachts and dinghies testing and consultancy for the 12 metre
conspicuous contribution to shipbuilding and subsequently, Andrew Claughton has class yachts right up to the modern America’s
be recognised by the award of the Froude become a leading international figure in the cup class yachts. He gained a reputation
Medal. field of sailing yacht research. for being focussed and productive whilst
The William Froude Medal is awarded from maintaining his sharp wit. In 2000, he
time to time to a person of any nationality who, joined Team New Zealand and in 2003
in the opinion of the Council of the Institution, became Design Coordinator for Emirates
has made some conspicuous contribution to Team New Zealand. He is currently Design
naval architecture and/or shipbuilding, and Co-ordinator for Team Origin, the British
whose services and personal achievements in America’s Cup entry. Through this and
this direction merit special consideration. The his other commitments he continues to
Medal may only be awarded to a person and progress the science of yacht design. RA
not to an organisation or other corporate body.
As such, it is the Institution’s highest professional
honour to an engineer. RA A Claughton receives his medal.
Senior members been awarded the first Sir Dennis Rooke Institute of Engineers Australia, perpetuates
Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the the memory of Anthony George Maldon
of the Institution Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers. Mitchell, and is made annually for
Sir John Parker also gave the 2009 Sir outstanding service in the profession of
honoured in the Denis Lecture, in which he presented “Some Mechanical Engineering.
Reflections From An Industrial Journey”. The Award is conferred on the basis of
UK and Australia The full text of the Lecture can be read at either a highly significant contribution or
www.rina.org.uk/RINAAffairs contributions through technical innovation
Stephen M Payne FRINA relating to the science or practice of
Institution President, Stephen Payne, Vice Dr A R Armstrong FRINA Mechanical Engineering; or long standing
President Chief Naval Architect, Carnival The AGM Mitchell Medal has been awarded eminence in Mechanical Engineering
Corporate Shipbuilding, has been awarded to Dr Tony Armstrong for his balance science or practice; or notable and sustained
an Honorary Fellowship of the Institution of of ingenuity, theoretical knowledge, and leadership pertaining to Mechanical
Engineering Designers applications of them; along with devoting time Engineering within the Institution; or a
to RINA and other industry organisations worthy blend of the aforementioned.
Sir John Parker FRINA and nurturing young minds. Details of the Medal and the citation for
Sir John Parker, Chairman National Grid The AGM Mitchell Award, given by the its award to Tony Armstrong are published
and Past President of the Institution, has college of Mechanical Engineers of the at www.rina.org.uk/RINAAffairs. RA
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