Sunday, November19, 2017 L-36.com

Technical Articles

from the 1970's -- but still of interest today


SAIL Magazine Articles:

How_Sails_Really_Work, April 1973
Boundary Layer Flow and the Headsail, May 1973
How a Sail Gives Lift, June 1973
Another Look at Slot Effect, July 1973
More on the Slot Effect, August 1973
Why the Safe Leeward Works, September 1973
The Double Head Rig, October 1973
Checking Trim on the Wind, November 1973
Achieving Proper Balance, December 1973
Sailing to Windward, January 1974
Are You at Optimum Trim?, March 1974

Sailing World Magazine:

What Goes Around Comes Around, April 1991 Fluid Dynamics -- How Modern Science and Sailing Discovered Each Other, May 1995

Yachting Magazine:

Designer's Forum, Design of the Courageous Mast, February 1975

Sea and Pacific Motor Boat Magazine

Rigging and Handling the Spinnaker, April 1970
Downwind Tacking, February 1970

More Technical Papers

The Origins of Lift (348KB)
The Aerodynamics of Sail Interaction (383KB)
A Review of Modern Sail Theory (453KB)
The Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics to Sails (568KB)
Studies of Mast Section Aerodynamics (248KB)
Sailboat Performance Testing Techniques (0.98MB)

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