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ORC Speed Guide Explanation

For making the calculation of apparent wind angle upwind it is necessary to estimate the speed through the water on the beat. and many instrument systems have the capability to calculate and display these figures.3]2 = 16. It is relatively easy to calculate the True Wind Speed and from this to calculate the Apparent Wind over the deck for the upcoming beat.6 ´ cos(40o ) + 6.Vboat ]2 [ BTW = arc tan VAW ´ sin(BAW) ] VAW ´ cos(BAW) .6]2 = 11.MATHEMATICAL RELATIONS For mathematical conversion of apparent wind to true wind and vice versa.Appendix A . that he has hoisted a jib too large for the beat. BTW is the bearing of the true wind. For example. BAW is the bearing of the apparent wind. . there will be some utility in becoming familiar with these formulae to get at least a qualitative understanding of how these parameters are related. Note: Wind reading is assumed to be sensed at 10 meters (33’) above water see Appendix C: CORRECTIONS of INSTRUMENT READINGS) While it may be impractical to use calculators while racing. on rounding up to windward at the mark. Suppose the optimum tacking angle is 40° and the 12-knot true wind polar curve shows a boat speed of 6. VAW is the velocity of the apparent wind. suppose we are sailing towards the leeward mark at 6 knots with the apparent wind from 150° at 6 knots. So for example.Vboat Apparent Wind conditions given True Wind conditions: VAW = [VTW ´ sin(BTW)]2 + [VTW ´ cos(BTW) + Vboat ]2 BAW = arc tan [ VTW ´ sin(BTW) ] VTW ´ cos(BTW) + Vboat Add 180 degrees to BTW or BAW if it is negative. Or he may have resisted the tendency to underestimate the wind strength and has over-compensated. VTW is the velocity of the true wind.3 knots at 40°.9 knots. use the following formulae: True Wind conditions given Apparent Wind conditions: VTW = [VAW ´ sin(BAW)]2 + [VAW ´ cos(BAW) . The polar diagram can provide this needed information. This permits selecting the jib that is just right for the conditions.6 ´ sin(40o ) 2 + [11. The apparent wind over the deck will be: VAW = [11. This gives a true wind speed of VTW = [6 ´ sin(150o ) 2 + [6 ´ cos(150o ) . Vboat is the velocity of the boat.6 knots. more than one skipper after sailing a long spinnaker leg is lulled into a feeling of light air only to discover.

like wetted surface. At the speeds shown on the VPP data sheet. Hull resistance is calculated in sailing trim with the total crew weight and equipment onboard for various angles of inclination and wind strength. Thus length.orc. Lines Processing LPP Aerodynamic Forces Sail Type Specific Aerodynamic Coefficients. AERO FORCE MODEL HYDRO FORCE MODEL WIND LIST True Wind Speeds COURSES Headings Performance Curve Scoring Polar Curve Performance Analysis . Forces that propel and heel the boat are calculated for all possible combinations of sails. There are no "speed producing" elements in the hull.VELOCITY PREDICTION PROGRAM (VPP) The computer program that produces polar diagrams consists of two parts: the LPP (Lines Processing Program) and the VPP (Velocity Prediction Program). for example. The figure below depicts the various contributing elements to the ORC VPP. is not a speed producer per se. consult the ORC VPP Doumentation text available online at www. The LPP calculates hydrostatic data. along with a choice of the optimal combination for the given conditions.org. The important thing to have in mind is that each factor contributes either to drive or to drag. displacement and stability. Measurements Lines Generation. & Inclining Test & In water measurements. For more detailed information on how the VPP works and why. Rig Dimensions Mast Height LP SPL etc. But drive (from the sails) and drag can be influenced in some degree by the way a boat is sailed. sails in aerodynamic tunnels and measurements taken on real boats. Upwind and Downwind Sail Combinations. These are necessary inputs for the VPP program which creates a computer simulation of the boat’s performance based on scientific research of boat hulls in hydrodynamic basins.Appendix B . various factors of drag have been balanced against the driving force. but simply affects the drag differently under different sailing conditions. SAILS Dimensions SailTypes Sailing Conditions.