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First Name

Dario

Last Name

Motta

Nickname

dario-motta

About

Overview

I am a passionate sailor and sail designer from Sicily, Italy.

I started sailing when I was a kid, and it became straight away my passion. Did lot of competitive sailing in dinghies first and then moved on into bigger boats. Still now I do all sort of sailing, both cruising and racing at all levels.

I studied Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in Italy, then moved to Auckland, the city of sails, to continue my studies and then moved started my career as a sail designer, that I continue still now some ten years later.

I fell in love with New Zealand and its sailing culture, so I stayed there for about 8 years before moving back to Italy.

I am passionate about all watersports, especially kitesurfing, my main hobby, and surfing!

Interests & Hobbies

Sailing, kitesurfing, surfing and all watersports! But I love in general all sports and outdoor activities

Skills

Sail design

Professional sailing

Experience

Title

Sail Designer

Professional / Amateur

Professional

Engagement

Full-time

Description

Sail Design for all type of sailing boat, from dinghies to superyacht, both cruising and racing. Successfully designed racing inventories for boats up to 100ft and crusing inventories for yachts up to 180ft

Location

Palermo,Italy

Start date

January, 2020

Title

Head Sail Designer

Professional / Amateur

Professional

Engagement

Full-time

Description

Head Sail Designer and Production Supervisor

Organization / Company

Evolution Sails NZ

Location

Auckland, New Zealand

Start date

January, 2015

End date

September, 2019

Title

Head Sail Designer

Professional / Amateur

Professional

Engagement

Full-time

Description

Head Sail Designer at Doyle Sails Italy plus production management

Organization / Company

Doyle Sails Italy

Location

Palermo

Start date

January, 2020

Education

School

University of Auckland

Degree

PhD

Field of study

Yacht Engineering

Description

Thesis: An experimental investigation of full-scale sail aerodynamics using pressures, shapes and forces

Start date

2012

End date (or expected)

2015

School

University of Genoa

Degree

Master Degree

Field of study

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Description

Thesis: Optimization of Megayacht structures using LBR-5 software

Start date

2008

End date (or expected)

2010