Book review: Downwind Faster than the Wind

‘Downwind Faster than the Wind’ is a ground breaking and intriguing book by Nicholas Landell-Mills, an independent researcher in applied physics, which explores the theory of sailing in a new and perhaps controversial way that breaks with established models.

His analysis refutes several assumptions by showing that fluid mechanics fails to explain the forces on a sail, that a sail is not a wing, and the main force created is not perpendicular to the sail.

Subtitled, ‘Sailing explained by Newtonian physics and Galilean relativity’ Landell-Mills says the Newtonian approach is significant as it provides new and useful insights challenging the prevailing sailing solutions based on fluid mechanics and resolving long-running nautical conundrums, including how a boat can sail downwind faster than the wind.

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