This fascinating tour through the magic of sailing will improve your skills while it satisfies your curiosity By what alchemy do rudder, sail and keel transform air into motion? How does a boat sail into the wind, how mediate between water and wind? How is it that a keel provides "lift" and why is a boat not tipped by the wind? Why do some boats plane while others plow, and for that matter, how does such a contraption float in the first place? The Science of Sailing answers these questions and more.
Canadian yacht designer Steve Killing has participated in four America’s Cup challenges. His firm designs racing and cruising sailboats, historic sailing vessels, classic racing powerboats, and small craft.
Douglas Hunter is a former editor of Canadian Yachting magazine and a widely published author, illustrator, and book packager. Hunter has authored or coauthored 12 books, including one previous book with Killing.