Stochastic optimization of sailing trajectories in an upwind regatta

  • Dalang R
  • Dumas F
  • Sardy S
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In a sailboat race, the navigator's attempts to plot the fastest possible course are hindered by shifty winds. We present mathematical models appropriate for this situation, which use statistical analysis of wind fluctuations and are amenable to stochastic optimization methods. We describe the decision tool that was developed and used in the 2007 America's Cup race and its impact on the races.

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  • America's Cup
  • sailboat race
  • statistical analysis of wind fluctuations
  • stochastic programming

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  • Robert C. Dalang

  • Frédéric Dumas

  • Sylvain Sardy

  • Stephan Morgenthaler

  • Juan Vila

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