The New Zealand Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) and the University of Auckland organized, during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover, the fifth edition of the “High Performance Yacht Design international conference” (8 – 12 March). Design Methods was in New Zealand to attend the conference and to present a paper titled “A CFD–Based Wing Sail Optimization Method Coupled to a VPP”. The work was prepared in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh (UK), the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (IT) and the Naval Academy Research Institute of the French “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers” (ENSAM).