I was listening this morning to a news article about America's cup. The reporter mentioned that abou $100 million was spent on designing (and construction?) of the vessels. Here's the BMW Oracle entry. http://www.bymnews.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=240&pid=109970 http://www.bymnews.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=240 http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=65514 http://bmworacleracing.com/en/index.html - very cool yacht http://www.oracle.com/corporate/bmw-oracle-racing.html [Broken] It turns out that the designers used CD-Adapco's STAR-CCM+ CFD package to design the sail/wing. http://www.cd-adapco.com/press_room/2010/01-28-10-americascup.html I highly recommend learning FEM and CFD if one is majoring in Mechanical/Aerospace/Nuclear engineering.