Funds will help new and existing research studies supported by SYRF
The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) is pleased to announce a major new donation from Mr. Terry Kohler of Sheboygan, WI, which will provide significant assistance in SYRF’s mission to support the science of sailing. Mr. Kohler’s donation is his latest in a long history of support for the sport of offshore sailing.
“Terry’s donation is a new milestone for SYRF,” says Chairman Steve Benjamin. “It represents Terry’s strong belief in the role that science and technology should play in the improvement and development of offshore sailing. Specifically, these funds will help SYRF support continuing research on improving the ability of VPP’s to more accurately predict the performance of offshore yachts. This is an important field of study, and we’re very pleased Terry has expressed his ongoing support for this and other SYRF scientific research projects.”
Among SYRF’s recent studies has been the Wide Light project, a study that examined the hydrodynamics of modern offshore racing yacht hulls using both tank testing and CFD validations. A report on the Wide Light project from principal researcher Andy Claughton at the Wolfson Unit of the University of Southampton will be published soon.
SYRF has also funded the development of the SYRF Online Library, where published works in the aero- and hydrodynamics of sailing are collated into a searchable database. Both new and old published works are continually being added to this library, with hundreds of papers and datasets currently in the collection.