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.
This data was originally made available as live streaming data from the boats during the events leading up to and including the 34th Americas Cup. The data was then published on the America's Cup Noticeboard website for the interest of the public.
In late 2014, the noticeboard website from the 34th AC was scheduled to be taken down in preparation for the next series of events in the 35th AC. To make sure this valuable data is not lost and continues to be publicly available, SYRF has now added it to the archives of the SYRF Technical Resources Library.
Data and supplementary files are available to download from each of the events. A pdf image of the original AC34 noticeboard webpage for each event is also available to help identify the files.
The data is available here on the Research Data page of the SYRF Technical Resources Library.
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. His presentation is available for download here: WYRF_2014_Presentation_Cornwell_revd.pdf.
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."