The Twenty First CSYS was a terrific success, with sixteen presentations by authors from around the world. On Friday, the more technical papers were presented and included studies of sailboats using towing tanks, wind tunnels, field measurements and computational modeling. Prof. Lex Keuning surprised many in the audience with his announcement that Delft University will now make the entire raw data sets from each of their Systematic Yacht Hull Series available to the public, online and at no cost – www.dsyhs.tudelft.nl
The presentations on Saturday were aimed at a broader audience, including subjects ranging from traditional sail training ships to “Footy” model sailboats. One presentation showed wind tunnel measurements of the wind field around sailboats in close proximity that could help a skipper decide how to pass another boat. Annapolitan Britton Ward from Farr Yacht Design wrapped up the symposium with an overview on the development of the new Volvo One-Design Class, showing how the class has evolved and why it has headed in a new direction.
About one hundred people attended the symposium, most with technical backgrounds and all very interested and enthusiastic about advances in sailing technology. Among the audience were local sailors from Annapolis, researchers who travelled from as far away as New Zealand, a group of students from Webb Institute, and sailing legend Dawn Riley, who chatted freely with authors and attendees during breaks and at the closing reception.
Papers from past symposia are now being integrated into the SNAME “20 Free Download” database so that papers will be easier to access. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend the next CSYS (dates TBD) where you can meet with the people who are moving sailing yacht technology forward!