Causes of Yacht Capsizing in Heavy seas

AuthorsKat, J.O de
Conference/JournalWorkshop on Safety of Ocean Racing Yachts, Sydney
DateMar 28, 1999

This paper presents an overview of capsize modes that are relevant to intact ships and sailing yachts subjected to waves and wind. For larger size ships following and stern quartering seas tend to be most critical from a stability perspective. Sailing yachts in extreme weather conditions will be vulnerable particularly to wind-induced knockdown and breaking impact.