WINDLOAD was executed at a time when the industry was starting to overcome its understandable ‘fear’ of using the new CFD method. CFD sometimes has a negative connotation that it is merely ‘pretty colours for directors’. Fortunately, there was a rapid decrease in the calculation costs on larger computer clusters, which meant it gained
popularity. The appropriate timing of WINDLOAD is highlighted by the fact that SNAME and ITTC also started similar initiatives during this period.