Over the years I have worked with Steve Cook at ‘F-Hot fins’ - a leader in the design and fabrication of composite windsurfer fins who supplies many professional sailors, including world champions. The fin, although in size a small part of the windsurfer, is an extremely important part of the sailor’s equipment which we have found to be at least as critical as both the sail and the board.
My MSc. Research Project in 1993 on the ‘Hydrodynamics of Windsurfer Fins’ included a simple global force model and Velocity Prediction Programme (VPP), classical aerofoil theory and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analyses and tests in the Southampton Solent University towing tank.
Current, ongoing work consists of seven stages: