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Re: Sailing with excess brain power
Lift does not require a curved surface, nor even a difference in distance over the two sides of the foil. If it did, planes would not be able to fly upside-down.
"A flat plate can generate lift, but not as much as a streamlined airfoil, and with somewhat higher drag." ... as long as there is an angle of attack.
Very Good analogy but only part one of 2 parts.
Part 1: Bernoulli Effect of the lee-side of the plate, sail, foil, etc.
Part 2: Newtons 3rd Law - action versus equal reaction (boat)
Combine 1 & 2 together and you have the 'pumpkin seed effect
': ... pushing your index finger (sails - at a slightly non-aligned angle ... AOA) against a slippery pumpkin seed on top of your thumb (lateral resistance - or CLR) = 'squirt'