Peter Gustafsson from Blur.se recently wrote a definitive article on the construction of North Sails 3di sails which we posted here on Rigging News. Now, check out his follow up story ‘Michael Richelsen – The science of Sails’, another fascinating read:
When North Sails released their video on design, starring Michael Richelsen above, I thought it was a bit over the top. But then again, it’s hard to explain how much time, effort and money that goes in to all those tools.
Being both an avid sailor and an engineer (M.Sc. Computer Science) I want to dig deeper to really understand what’s going on. When North introduced 3Di, I went to Nevada to try to explain why this could be the biggest thing in sailmaking since 3DL. Al major websites republished the article and it even ended up on Norths owns sites as “3Di Explained”.
With the big projects like America’s Cup, Volvo Ocean Race and MedCup, sailmaking have gone from being an art to much more of a science. And if there’s one person who really understands this development it’s Michael Richelsen, the man behind much of the North Sails Design Suite (NDS).
Michael studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, and wrote his master thesis on sails and aerodynamics, before joining North Sails in 1979. He’s one of the leading experts on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and he’s been involved in America’s Cup projects since 1983 and he managed the performance prediction group for Alinghi in the last Cup: