In the highly competitive world of international yacht racing, materials technology is now perhaps the key element in the engineering design of a race winner. At the same time, materials failure can result in defeat and embarrassment for yachtsmen and boat builders alike. A new breed of larger and faster boats are taking boat design to new limits and increasing the demand on the materials selected - with some mixed results. 

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DOI: 10.1016/S1369-7021(00)80051-6