This paper summarizes the author’s graduate thesis in Naval Architecture accepted by the University of New Orleans, College of Engineering. The author sought to investigate the complicated interactions between the hydrodynamics and aerodynamics of a sailboat. The type of sailboat investigated was the Olympic dinghy class called the Laser. It was the author’s understanding that at that time, no work has been completed in the area of velocity prediction for this type of sailboat. Thus, the fundamental goal of this thesis was to develop a velocity prediction program specific to the Laser. In order to accomplish the goal of creating a velocity prediction program, multiple essential pieces of the data were needed. In particular, the hydrodynamic resistance data, aerodynamic drive and side force data, and hydrodynamic side forces were needed. To determine the dynamic trim of the dinghy, a series of experiments were conducted. In addition, a data acquisition system was developed in which full scale tow testing could be done. Next, a complete tow test series was conducted for the Laser. The aerodynamic sail coefficients were derived from Marchaj’s Aero-Hydrodynamics of Sailing. To determine the hydrodynamic side force, a two dimensional approach was employed. The coding of the velocity prediction program was done using Microsoft’s Visual Basic 6.0 and Excel 2000. The algorithms published in the 15th Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium and Principles of Yacht Design pertaining to velocity prediction were used as a baseline. Finally, validation and verification was performed with the shareware program PCSAIL.

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