Farr Yacht Design, Ltd. is acknowledged as the top racing-yacht design team in the world based upon one of the most extensive and impressive records of winning yacht racing results ever compiled by a single design group.

Vice President & Senior Naval Architect
Britton Ward is a Senior Naval Architect and Shareholder at Farr Yacht Design. His responsibilities include the management and implementation of research projects that include tank and wind tunnel experiments, application of CFD and other simulation tools and development of our Farr Yacht Design VPP. Britt processes this data into useable information for conceptual design and hull shape development.
Britt enrolled in the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture in New York in 1991. Four years at Webb covered all aspects of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but offered limited exposure to Yacht Design. During his time at Webb Britt served internships at Sparkman and Stephens in New York, assisting ACC Measurer Ken McAlpine in Australia, sailing as an Engine Cadet to Valdez, Alaska aboard an oil tanker and working as a welder and pipe-fitter at NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA. While at college, he was an active member of the collegiate sailing team competing at colleges along the Eastern seaboard and held offices as both Sailing Team Captain and Yacht Club Flag Officer for many years.
While attending Webb Britt developed a sound appreciation for how important both artistry and technology are to producing well-balanced, high performance yacht designs. Upon graduating he felt it would be valuable to further round his engineering background in computational and experimental hydrodynamics and enrolled in the Ocean Engineering Department at MIT in Massachusetts. Graduating with a Masters in Ocean Engineering and joining our team in 1996.
During his tenure, Britt has been an integral part of our research efforts for Whitbread/Volvo and America's Cup programs. He assumed the role of manager for the hull research program for both Oracle Racing's 2003 and 2007 America's Cup campaigns. He was also responsible for managing the Volvo Open 70 hull research project and assisting Volvo Event Management in the development of the new Volvo Open 70 Rule, and has been an integral part of our Open 60 research efforts.


Area of Focus: 
Naval Architecture, Research & Development