‘The Science of Sailing’ books


‘The Science of Sailing’ books

A complete guide to the physics of sailing and the naval architecture governing the performance of sailing yachts.

Navalapp, Peter Van Oossanen, and Van Oossanen Academy (Van Oossanen Naval Architects) 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 Science of Sailing’ books written by renowned Naval Architect and Scientist Peter van Oossanen.

Now available in five parts, ‘The Science of Sailing’ books examine the intersection of hydrodynamics and aerodynamics – from hull to sail, from bow to stern, from theory to practical design:

Part 1: “The Attainable Speed Under Sail”
Part 2: “The Origin and Nature of Fluid-Dynamic Lift and Drag”
Part 3: “Phenomena and Drag Originating from the Boundary Layer”
Part 4: “Phenomena and Drag Originating from the Air-Water Interface”
Part 5: “Sailing Fundamentals, Foils and Foil Sections, Hull Forms, and Australia II”

Navalapp - Van Oossanen: The Science of Sailing Books


Navalapp PRO Members can now buy Part 1, 2 and 3 at 25 €/each + dispatch costs, and Part 4 and 5 at 37.5 €/each + dispatch costs.


Navalapp ADVANCED members can now buy Part 1, 2 and 3 at 35 €/each + dispatch costs, and Part 4 and 5 at 52.5 €/each + dispatch costs.


Navalapp Students can now buy Part 1, 2 and 3 at 40 €/each + dispatch costs, and Part 4 and 5 at 60 €/each + dispatch costs.

The Science of Sailing Books - Part 1
The Science of Sailing Books - Part 2
The Science of Sailing Books - Part 3
The Science of Sailing Books - Part 4
The Science of Sailing Books - Part 5

About the author

Peter van Oossanen is a renowned Naval Architect and Scientist.

He holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology and has been a principal scientist at the Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) from 1969 to 1991.

His research on sailing yachts, between 1976 and 1982, resulted in his involvement in the design of ‘Australia II,’ which won the America’s Cup in 1983, the first time the USA lost to a challenging nation after winning it in the first edition in 1851. For the design effort, Peter hired the services of the Dutch Aerospace Center to calculate the merits of several radical keel shapes and worked together with Joop Slooff, of the Aerospace Center, in developing a revolutionary “upside-down” keel with winglets.

In 1992 Peter (in Dutch Pieter) founded Van Oossanen Naval Architecture, a company that focuses on Performance, Innovation, and Design Management of high-performance boats, ships, and yachts, and many other advanced, special-purpose marine vessels.

Peter has published over a hundred scientific papers and has been a member of various international committees and working groups. He is also the holder of several patents. In 1988, Peter wrote the second volume of a 3-part book on the Principles of Naval Architecture, published by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). This second volume covers the resistance, propulsion, and vibration of ships and has become a standard text on these subjects.

Peter was awarded the Royal Institution of Naval Architect’s Small Craft Medal in 1981 in London, England, the Tideman Medal awarded by the Royal Netherlands Navy in 1983 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and the Royal Institution of Naval Architect’s Maritime Innovation Award 2015, in London, England, for the results of his research.

After retiring in 2013, he poured all his knowledge and experience into writing ‘The Science of Sailing’ books.

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