The 1983 America’s Cup winner was the 12-Metre yacht Australia II. It was equipped with a radical, innovative, winged keel that caused much upheaval in the summer of 1983. Upheaval that, occasionally, rumbles on until today.
This book tells the story of the author’s role in the design of the keel of Australia II.
The scientific approach by two Dutch scientists (naval architect Piet van Oossanen and the author), that were involved with the design research, changed the landscape of yacht design. After the 1983 match, Cup campaigns embraced a more scientific way of designing boats. The Dutch scientists played a major role in this important change. PB 115 pages