3711 “Predicting the Speed of Sailing Yachts”

“Predicting the Speed of Sailing Yachts”, by Peter van Oossanen, Published in the Proceedings of the 1993 Annual Meeting of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Vol. 101, pp. 337-397 (ID No. 3711).

This paper presents an overview of the methodology involved in predicting the speed of sailing yachts according to the three methods that are available, viz.: by model testing, by calculation using a Velocity Prediction Program (VPP), and numerically using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). The paper presents the state-of-the-art as it was in 1992 and although the paper is still representative for the manner in which speed assessment is carried out through model testing and VPP, this is not the case with respect to CFD which has since the year 2000 become much more accurate and accessible.