Respected design bureau with America’s Cup pedigree
judel/vrolijk & co – a name that has shaped the international yacht building scene for 35 years. Founded by Rolf E. Vrolijk and Fietje Judel in 1978, today the company is among the world’s most respected design offices for high-calibre sailing yachts, with an international reputation based on countless successful yacht racing projects hatched in the Bremerhaven think-tank.
As chief designer for the America’s Cup team Alinghi, Rolf Vrolijk played a decisive role in enabling a European craft to win the world’s oldest and most prestigious sailing trophy for the first time. Today the venue* for contests fought by the world’s best and highest paid crews, the prestigious TP-52 class also bears the hallmark of judel/vrolijk: For years now, the designers from the River Weser have been developing the great majority of Transpac new builds.
The team comprises 15 members altogether. Among them is Torsten Conradi, who joined judel/vrolijk as the third partner in 1986. This shipbuilding engineer and specialist in aerodynamics and hydrodynamics has above all spurred on the company’s technological leadership, using cutting-edge IT technology to calculate, simulate and implement its creative ideas.