A Unique Opportunity

The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation is co-hosting a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) seminar from May 10-12 in Newport, RI. The seminar is open to all participants of all experience levels, from those looking to understand the basics of how CFD is used to drive the design of today’s modern race boats to more experienced users looking for a hands-on experience with one of the industry’s most advanced CFD software package.

As part of its mission to develop and catalog the science underlying sailboat performance, SYRF aims to serve and educate the larger sailing community about the science and technology that plays such a significant role in the sailing experience. With design and handicapping communities eschewing the traditional wind tunnel and tow tank for the more cost- and time- efficient computer simulation world, SYRF’s recent research, such as the Wide and Light and Downwind Aero projects, has focused on the accuracy of CFD software.

Traditionally, the high cost of CFD software and the computational power necessary to operate it have been barriers of entry into the CFD field. With the use of CFD becoming more mainstream throughout the design and yacht handicapping communities, it is important that sailors understand the general principles underlying CFD technology. Through the May 10-12 seminar, SYRF hopes to provide sailors with a valuable opportunity to learn not only how CFD has revolutionized the sport but also the impact that CFD has and will continue to have on yacht design and handicapping.

The first day of the seminar will focus on the introductory principles of CFD, with Benoit Mallol of NUMECA and Lens Imas of Oracle Team USA, walking participants through NUMECA’s FINETM/Marine CFD software. Participants will be able to try their hand at running CFD simulations and analysis with SYRF’s recently published 14 Meter (44 feet) wide and light hull design, which pulls design features from the Fast40+, TP52, and Maxi 72 classes. The second and third seminar days (May 11-12) will provide participants with more in-depth CFD training with hands-on instruction from NUMECA personnel.

Only a few spots remain for the Wednesday seminar. Don’t forget to REGISTER HERE!