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On Defining and Using the Spectrum of Driving Forces for Sailing Craft

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Jerry N. Selness

Naval Architect, San Diego, CA

Paper No. OMAE2007-29520, pp. 707-713; 7 pages
  • ASME 2007 26th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 4: Materials Technology; Ocean Engineering
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 10–15, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4270-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3799-8
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


The driving forces for most sailing craft for different true wind strengths and true wind courses can be derived from a single invariant expression and four ratios. Example procedures to use specific driving force curves from the spectrum therefore are shown. The invariant is an exact expression. One specific example of use for a monohull sailboat’s performance is shown. Similar uses can be done for sailing craft in general. There are practical uses and advantages for researchers and designers.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME



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