A new experimental technique is presented to test sailing yachts in waves. The method is suitable for the investigation of ship motions in all six degrees of freedom and added resistance for the close hauled condition. Measurements can be made both in regular waves and in irregular seas. The technique has been tried out on a model of a 12-Meter class yacht and showed a resistance increase for the yacht sailing to windward in a wind generated sea of 90% of the calm water resistance.

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