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About ACT


Mission of ACT is to design sailing boats and ship superior in performance.

ACT's aim

ACT was founded in 2000 to design sailing boats and ship superior in performance by scientific approach with the most advanced technologies developed through the America's Cup projects. Technology is the key word for our mission.
We have been challenging to the design of new sailing boats and ship having high peformance and new concepts to fit to the ecological era's requirements. It is also one of the most important factors to keep the most advanced design tools for our design environment.
We hope to prevail the fun of sailing through providing the best sailing boat design.

ACT's profile

Company name ACT Co., Ltd.
Foundation date May 15, 2000
Capital 3,000,000 yen
Business contents
  • Design/Analysis/Consulting on sailing boats and ship
  • Support and education on the design by CFD
  • Execution of project on naval architecture
  • Technical software development


Akihiro Kanai
1998 PhD in naval architecture, University of Tokyo
1993 Master of Science in aeronautics & astronautics, Stanford University
Professional experience
2000-present Director of ACT
2004-2013 Part-time lecturer, University of Tokyo
2001-2004 Designer, GBR Challenge
1996-2000 Hull/General section coordinator, Nippon Challenge
1995-1999 Research associate, University of Tokyo
1993-1995 Technical staff, Nippon Challenge
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