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Physics of Sailing

Mass and Friction

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“The fastest direction to sail is with the wind coming from the side,” Dr. Anderson said.

With the wind coming from the side and the sails turned at about a 45-degree angle, the force from the wind stays constant -- no matter what the speed of the boat is. This is the fastest way to sail.

“Very light, very quick sailboats can actually sail up to two times faster than the wind speed with the wind coming from the side,” Dr. Anderson said.

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