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SD2706 Sailing for Performance 6.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SD2706 (Spring 2011–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course addresses the mechanics of sailing in general applicable to all kinds of sailing vessels. The basic forces, moments and equilibriums are investigated to determine the performance of the vessel in various conditions. The course treats virtually all aspects of a the performance of a sailing vessel ranging from hydromechanics, aerodynamics, wave making resistance, modeling of equilibrium, definition of numerical solving of the non linear equations of equilibrium etc.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student shall:

  • know and be able to describe the fundamental concept of sailing
  • be able to model the basic force/moment equilibriums of sailing
  • be able to describe the various sources of resistance of a hull
  • be able to describe the behavior of lifting foils
  • be able to implement the mechanical model and solve the equilibrium equations of a sailboat in a velocity prediction program (VPP)
  • be able to optimize the performance of a sailboat given a set of suitable constraints
  • describe methods of deterministic weather routing, e.g. by dynamic programming
  • know of state-of-the-art methods for VPP in yacht design

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course is aimed at students in the first or second year at a Masters program in engineering. Bachelor of engineering with working knowledge in Matlab, mechanics, algebra and calculus is required.

English B / English 6

Recommended prerequisites

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Base programme T, M, P, F or equivalent.


Fossati, Fabio, Aero-Hydrodynamics and the Performance of Sailing Yachts, Adlard Coles Nautical, ISBN 978-1-4081-1338-7, 2009

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • RAPP - Report, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Final project with report and oral presentation. 

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web SD2706

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Jakob Kuttenkeuler (

Supplementary information

The course will be given after agreement with the examiner.