Book: ‘The Science behind Sailing’
The book on the aero- and hydromechanics of sailing.
Navalapp and Joop Slooff are joining forces to make Sailing Yacht Design & Performance accessible.
From now on, Navalapp PRO Members will have a 50% discount, Navalapp ADVANCED members a 30% discount, and Navalap students enrolled in any of our Courses a 20% discount on the book ‘The Science behind Sailing’ written by renowned Aeronautical Engineer and Fluid Dynamicist Joop Slooff.
‘The Science behind Sailing’ book:
- Contains full and scientifically justified descriptions of the dependence of the performance of sailing yachts on their configuration and trim and the underlying physical mechanisms.
- Bridges the gap between the few existing books on the aero- and hydrodynamics of sailing and the more popular books that deal with the “what and how” but not with the “why” of sailing yacht configurations and boat trim.
- Also covers the recently evolved technology of foiling.
Navalapp PRO Members can now buy either the book’s hardcover or paperback edition at 55€ or 60€, plus the dispatch costs, respectively, or its pdf file version at 23.50€.
Navalapp ADVANCED members can now buy either the book’s hardcover or paperback edition at 77€ or 84€, plus the dispatch costs, respectively, or its pdf file version at 32.90€.
About the author
Johannes W. Slooff, or ‘Joop’ Slooff, is a renowned Aeronautical Engineer and Fluid Dynamicist.
He obtained his degree in aeronautical engineering at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in 1964, also having followed the Diplome Course at the Von Kármán Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI) in Rhode-St Genèse (Belgium).
In 1965 he joined the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as a research scientist in aerodynamics, with airfoil and wing design and applied computational aerodynamic design methodologies as his main research topics. In 1976 he was appointed as head of the Theoretical Aerodynamics Department and in 1986 as chief of the Fluid Dynamics Division, a position he held until his retirement in 2001.
In 1981, Peter van Oossanen invited him to join the design research effort for the 12-Metre yacht Australia II for the 1983 America’s Cup campaign. He proposed the concept of the upside-down, winged keel and was responsible for the computational fluid dynamic modeling, which substantiated the performance potential of the concept.
In the 1980s, he was also involved in keel research performed at the Delft University of Technology by professors Gerritsma and Keuning, and from 1987 to 2001, he was a part-time professor in applied computational aerodynamics at the Aerospace Faculty of Delft University of Technology.
He has served on several national and international advisory committees, such as the Fluid Dynamics Panel of the former Advisory Group for Aeronautical Research and Development (AGARD) of NATO, the Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) of NATO, the Applied Aerodynamics Committee of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Group for Aeronautical Research and Technology in Europe (GARTEUR), the Technical Advisory Committee of the Von Kármán Institute for Fluid Dynamics in Belgium and the Scientific Advisory Council of the Maritime Research Institute of the Netherlands (MARIN). In 1996 he delivered the 36th Lanchester Lecture for the Royal Aeronautical Society in London. He is the 1997 recipient of the Von Kármán Medal of AGARD/NATO, recognizing his outstanding
contributions to that organization. He is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics.
After his early retirement in 2001, he was involved as a technical-scientific advisor in the ABN-AMRO campaign for the 2005-2006 Volvo Ocean Race, and from 2008 through 2012, he lectured on the aero- and hydrodynamics of sailing at an annual special course on sailing yacht technology at the faculty of Maritime Technology of Delft University.
Joop has been a cruising yachtsman since 1977 and owns a 33ft cruising sloop with a shallow draft winged keel.