Barcelona, Spain -- At the 7th annual World Yacht Racing Forum, SYRF Technical Director Myles Cornwell gave a presentation to the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium (YRDTS) on the SYRF Technical Library as a new online and accessible resource for researchers, students, sailors and others interested in exploring published technical papers, research reports and even datasets being made available to SYRF.
Cornwell gave the audience an overview of the role of SYRF in supporting the science of sailing, the projects SYRF currently supports, and an online tour of the Library and its functions.
This presentation was well-received, with Dr. Patrick Bot, Associate Professor at the French Naval Academy Research Institute and organizer of the triennial INNOV'SAIL conference in Lorient, saying "The online research library is a tremendous step forward in making the work we do accessible to so many that are interested in the science of sailing. It is exciting to see that SYRF is prepared to support this and other worthy projects that we pursue in basic research."
Photo by Max RanchiTechnology marches on: this is not just an axiom to modern life, but a fundamental principle embraced by most of us who race sailboats. Modern design trends have produced boats that are faster, more exciting and safer than ever before, where 40-footers are now exceeding the speeds of 50-footers built only a decade ago. Accordingly there is a growing interest in building and racing this new generation of high-performance offshore-capable designs.
But as in most arenas of technology, the cutting edge is not always widely accessible: not only are the costs higher for the boats themselves, but also for campaigning them at a competitive level where all of their potential can be realized on the race course. Fair racing with these boats can also be difficult because the existing handicap systems cannot always rate them fairly against other more typical mainstream designs that populate most regattas.
As part of SYRF's mission to support the science of sailing, we would like to know more about us with some valuable feedback on how to characterize competitive big boat racing. Your answers will help shape the future of the sport for all concerned.
Welcome to the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation’s Technical Resources Library.
FassardiThis library builds upon the work of Claudio Fassardi and the website he started in 2003, Sailboat-Technology.com. It is intended to be a resource for academics, professionals and the general public providing a central location to access papers, articles, research data, and other sailboat performance related information.
SYRF promotes open access to research and papers. As a policy, all results and reports from SYRF funded research projects are made available to the public. We encourage authors to publish their work with a Creative Commons license.
If you are an author and would like to have your work included in the library, please contact SYRF’s Technical Director,