The Science behind Sailing

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This is the New Testament of the aero- and hydromechanics of sailing.

It contains full and scientifically justified descriptions of the dependence of the performance of sailing yachts on their configuration and trim and the underlying physical mechanisms.

It bridges the gap between the few existing books on the aero- and hydrodynamics of sailing and the more popular books that deal with the “what and how” but not with the “why” of sailing yacht configurations and boat trim.

New edition of the author’s earlier book on the Aero- and Hydromechanics of Keel Yachts. Now also covers the recently evolved technology of foiling.


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