4502a “Design of Racing Yachts”



“Design of Racing Yachts”, by Peter van Oossanen, Published in the Proceedings of the Workshop on Developments in Hull Form Design, Wageningen, The Netherlands, October 1985 (ID No. 4502a).

This review-type paper sets out the main objectives and the many detailed problems posed when designing sailing yachts intended for racing. This paper specifically addresses the design of the hull (its shape), keel, and rudder, since these significantly determine the speed capability of the yacht. The rating rule to which the yacht needs to conform is of importance also and the main aspects thereof are dealt with in the paper.