Sailor and Performance Engineer
Maths, Engineering, Physics, Design & Technology, Computing
Bleddyn was a a grinder and wing tringer on the sailing team for Land Rover BAR on its challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Orginally from Bangor in Wales, he was also a Performance Engineer in the Performance and Instrumentation team. He was responsible for analysing simulations and on-water data which was used to improve the performance of the boats.
Briefly describe a typical day for you at the Land Rover BAR base.
I get to work at 7.30am and train in the gym until 9.00am. Next it's a briefing to discuss plan for the day. I help prepare the boat and wing and get it on the water before sailing for three or four hours, either on the boat or observing from one of our chase boats. Once we return ashore, I help pack the boat and wing away and then attend a debrief and discuss the plan for the next day on the water, followed by any post sailing analysis for next day. Finally, it's back to the gym before home. If it's a non-sailing day, the gym training would remain and i would spend the majority of time continuing with data analysis from previous days, discussing and planning on water tests, and running simulations.
What did you study to end up in a role like yours?
I did A Levels in Maths, Physics and Design & Technology, before completing MEng in Mechanical Engineering Aerospace at Southampton University.
Why do you think studying STEM subjects at school is important?
STEM subjects are present in everyday life, not only in specific STEM-related careers.
If you could do another job in STEM, what would it be?
I think it would have to be as part of a competitive sporting industry, so maybe Formula 1.
Briefly describe what you thought of STEM subjects in school, and whether your opinion has changed now?
I always enjoyed STEM subjects at school, particularly as I was interested in understanding how things worked and liked making things. I also seemed to cope quite well with math, which certainly helped. I don't think my opinion has changed much, I am just now more aware of the applications of STEM.
What has been the highlight of your role so far?
Learning from some of the best engineers around and contributing to the development of one of the most complex and exiting boats to sail.
What would be your advice for young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM?
Gain some real-life experience within the STEM industries to enable you to relate your studying to possible applications.
Name a STEM topic or skill which you learnt at school that you still use in your current role, and how you apply it.
Trigonometry - it's amazing how many triangles you can find in sailing!