The Symmetry of Sailing: The Physics of Sailing for Yachtsmen

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Sheridan House, Inc., 1996 - Sports & Recreation - 268 pages
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Here is a detailed study of the motive forces of a yacht written in clear and accessible terms. The author has the rare gift of enabling his readers to relate the nautical phenomena with which they are so familiar to a scientific explanation of how and why these occur. The first part covers downwind sailing, upwind sailing, sails, the hull, and the dynamic motion of a yacht. Part Two is devoted to more mathematical explanations of the same phenomena for those requiring a more scientific approach.
 

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Contents

Chapter
6
Chapter Three
38
1
59
31
70
Threedimensional lift effects
91
Sail twist and wind gradient
97
Full size measured sail data
107
Wind tunnel measurements
114
Chapter Seven
197
Chapter Eight
204
to keels and rudders
217
Chapter Nine
227
Chapter
234
Chapter Eleven
241
Bibliography
254
210
264

Some practicalities of sail design
123
Chapter
157

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About the author (1996)

After five years of working in medical physics in the U.S., Ross Garrett returned to New Zealand to teach and research nuclear physics, which he combined with racing small catamarans and trailer sailers. The Symmetry of Sailing is based on a series of lectures given to amateur sailors at the University of Auckland.

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