Glenbrook South Year-End Projects

The Physics of Sailboating

Internet Links

The following World Wide Web sites offer information relevant to your project. Depending on your particular research interest, some sites will obviously be more relevant than others. To optimize the efforts of your web search, each site has been described so that you might judge its usefulness in advance. As you proceed with your World Wide Web search, document your progress (both successes and failures) using the Web Site Trail sheet.


Databoat International

We'll have to give a "databoy" to Databoat for this web site. Here is the potential for a ton of information on your topic. They have information and links on the following topics: boat kits, sailboat books, online magazines, online sailing discussion groups, boat building ideas, etc. And stop back often because, as they claim, there is new information every week.


Hoofers Club



The Hoofers is a sailing club at the University of Wisconsin. This section of the site is a must-see, providing a rather thorough online manual on the topic of boardsailing. The manual is well-organized, readable, and extensively covers the terminology and science of sailing.


University of Iowa

The University of Iowa Sailing Club is perhaps one of the most active collegiate sailing clubs in the country. The site has a wealth of information and is a must see. Either follow the Essentials or the Skills link from the home page. You will find on-line manuals, racing information, and links to technical information. Perhaps you could even e-mail a question to one of the club members and initiate some online collaboration on your topic.

This may be a must see. There is a lot you may find on this page. Info and links to other info.


The Sailing Source

This site offers a wealth of links to sailboating sites such as sailboat information publishers, sailing organizations, sailmakers, sailboat builders, electronic navigation sources, etc. The site also features an online magazine called Speed and Smarts. The magazine offers exceptional information on the technical aspects of sailing; much of this information can be incorporated into your project. Be sure to view a sample issue of Speed and Smarts when you visit this site!!


Internet Sailing



At this site, you will find more links to Internet resources than you would ever imagine. Many of the links will obviously not lead to information pertaining to your topic. Others will lead to goldmines (or something close to a goldmine). Be sure to follow the links from the subject heading computation.


Some Useful Knots



This site deals mostly with rope knots and other esoteric aspects of sailing. If this subject interests you, spend some time at this site; but don't get too tied up there.


Naval Post Graduate

Sailing Association

This site may provide a good start to useful technical information. While most of the information does not pertain to the science of sailing, you will find plenty of information on the technical aspects of sailing. Try the monthly newsletters for some of this information. There is a tip of the month that typically provides useful and lengthy advice pertaining to techniques for successful sailing.


Yacht Research

Home Page



The Yacht Research Home page represents the efforts of an informal group of people committed to yacht research and its dissemination. Most of the people conduct Yacht Research as a hobby or at college. The site discusses many of their findings through on-line research articles on topics such as windmills and hydrofoils, hull resistance, skate sailing, righting systems, catamarans, etc. In addition to online articles, there are more than 50 links to other sites (mainly those of the group) where similar information can be found.


Young America

Science of Sailing


This site is hosted by Scott Foresman Publishers. It is a must-see. The site is attractive, well-organized, interactive, understandable and very relevant to your research topic. From this site, you will be able to explore the science, mathematics, and technology of sailing. Topics include the science of wind power, the role of the keel, the principles of floatation, and the task of weather prediction. There is even an interactive boat design page which allows your to design a sailboat on-line.


Bathtub Physics


A few of the basic research questions involve understanding Archimede's principles, buoyancy, and the principles of floation. These topics open up a host of research possibilities. This page (an actual physics lab) should help stimulate thought concerning the research possibilities. (Also, note the references at the bottom of the page and then look at the title/author of your own physics textbook.)


Amateur Yacht

Research Society

The Amateur Yacht Research Society (AYRS) is a group of researchers devoted to making yachting better. Devotees range from the "sober-sided professional yacht designers and builders to the bearded eccentrics full of ideas which they cannot make work." These devotees have researched and developed ideas ranging from winged keels, multi-hulss, sailboards, successful hydrofoils, and Speed Sailing Record systems. From the home page, you can access on-line newsletters, links to useful sites, a list of publications, and the ability to conduct a keyword search of information published by AYRS between 1955 to 1996. Of all the options at this site, be sure to select AYRS Index to access a wealth of scientific information pertinent to your chosen topic.




Buoyancy Resources


The Exploratorium Museum's web site is always an excellent location to find scientific explanations of basic phenomenon. This links takes you to an "Exhibit and Phenomena" cross-reference page on the topic of buoyancy. Perhaps it will lead to ideas on buoyancy experiments which your group could ultimately conduct. Begin your search of Exploratorium resources from this page. But don't stop here. You can always return to the museum's home page to get an bigger picture of their wealth of resources.


Physics of Diving



Of course your topic is not underwater diving; yet there are some principles which diving and sailboating share. For that reason, this site is worthy of being listed here and worthy of a visit. You will find the site understandable, informational and well-organized. This page pertains to buoyancy; but by using the navigational features at the bottom of each page, you can access other pertinent information.


Scuba Physics


Of course your topic is not scuba diving either. But once more, there are some principles which scuba diving and sailing share. Use this site to access information on buoyancy. The page is part of a larger site which might be worth perusing.


University of



Take a trip down-under to Melbourne, Australia and find out some more information on the topic of buoyancy and Archimede's Principles. This page is operated by a university physics department and provides on-line information and demonstration ideas on floatation principles. Perhaps it will generate some ideas about some basic physics experiments.


Windjammer Sails

Windjammer Sails is a company web site which sells sails.


The Boatbuilding


The Boatbuilding Community is a web site organized in the interest of amateurs and professionals who build boats. As such, there is a wealth of information on the science of sailboat construction. This resource is outstanding! It includes technical information on hulls, materials, shapes and designs, propulsion, etc. - all of which has an implicit scientific basis. There are more than 400 links to other sailing web sites and even a search function that allows you to conduct keyword searches.


Mark Rosenstein's

Sailing Page



This is the personal home page of Mark Rosenstein's and it probably has more sailing links than you could find from searching AltaVista. Each site has a brief annotated description and is categorized according to topic. Perhaps you'll find something that catches your fancy.


Sail Net

Sail Net is an online service for sailing entusiasts, offering links to online magazines, sailing equipment, sailing information, etc.




The College of Arts and Sciences at Drexel University is devloping a site devoted to the collection of information and references to information regarding historical figures. This page contains a growing list of references (and direct on-site information) regarding the Greek philosopher Archimedes. If you already know what he has to do with this project, then you have a good start; now float on over to Drexel and buoy up your understanding.


Integrated Naval

Architecture Software


Graphic Magic is a software company that has produced a software program titled Maxsurf. The program allows users to design boats by varying various geometric parameters of the hull, sail, etc. The program quickly analyzes each design using scientific and mathematical principles in order to calculate the effect of the design upon stability and performance of the boat. There is both a Mac and Windows version of the program. A free demo version is available and is accompanied by a manual. This might be a worthy tool to investigate as it comes time for your to design an experiment.

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This page last updated on 4/16/98.