A sailing yacht is a marvelous but complex machine. Drawing on state-of-the-art testing in wind tunnels and towing tanks, Aero-Hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts provides invaluable new insights into how and why a sailing yacht behaves as it does.
Fabio Fossati, a world expert in the field, has conducted years of research with wind tunnels, including work for several America’s Cup campaigns. Using simple mathematics and illustrating his findings with tables, diagrams, graphs, and helpful color photographs, he presents in this groundbreaking book a systematic analysis of the basic factors governing the behavior of a yacht under sail.
This cutting-edge reference will be welcomed by all professional yacht designers, yacht design students, and racing sailors. It will help yacht designers optimize hulls and sails plans, and sailors optimize sail trim and steering.