|MadSci Network: Physics|
Aloha-- I am a teacher at the Maui Ocean Academy (where students work on academics in the morning and hit the ocean in the afternoons to train for surfing and windsurfing). I am interested in finding science websites which specifically relate to the physics of windsurfing and surfing. Know of any? If not, can you explain how a windsurfer works...in terms of the lift like on airplane...wow, that would be great! BTW Spectacular site!! We have found a site on "newton's apple" regarding windsurfing; however, we do not use daggerboards on Maui since it is way too windy (so the answer isn't complete). We are also trying to find the fastest point of sail. If the wind is blowing from noon (like a clock)...the students are trying to argue that the fastest point of sail is at 9 and 3 o'clock. Since I used to race, I know that the fastest point of sail is actually between 4 and 5, and 7 and 8 o'clock (also when you are sailing a big board with a daggerboard you retract the daggerboard on this reach--called a broad reach--why?). So, who is right, and why? Mah
Re: What is the fastest point of sail for a windsurfer? Why?
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