The Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium is the world's longest-running technical forum dedicated to advancing the study of the art and science of sailing yacht design technology. Professional yacht designers and a wide variety of sailing enthusiasts travel from around the world to attend the CSYS Symposia to present papers and exchange ideas on sailing.

Call for Technical Papers

The Organizing Committee of the 25th Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium invites researchers, practitioners, and students to submit abstracts for technical papers. As we celebrate half a century of excellence in sailing yacht research, we seek contributions that will shape the next 50 years of sailing technology.

Submission Guidelines

Abstracts: Submit an abstract of 500 words or less by August 12, 2024. Concisely summarize your research, findings, or innovative ideas related to the design, construction and operation of sailing and wind powered vessels.


We welcome submissions covering all aspects of yacht design, including but not limited to:


Hull and Appendage Design

Materials and Manufacturing

Hydrofoil Design

Rating Rules

Modeling and Simulation

Designing for Safety

Performance Prediction

Human Factors in Sailing

Sailing Yacht Dynamics

Software, Electronics and Systems

Sails, Spars and Rigging

Full Scale Testing


Environmental Considerations

Failure Analysis and Repair

Regulatory Developments

Structural Mechanics

General Interest Papers [Non Technical]

Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence

Wind Assisted Shipping


Format: Abstracts should be submitted using the SNAME/Journal of Sailing Technology ScholarOne portal at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sname-jst. Upon your first visit you will be required to create a new account.  We hope that the ScholarOne system will dramatically streamline author submissions, reviews and communications. 


Peer Review: All abstracts will be reviewed by our papers committee and accepted abstracts will be invited for full paper submission.   Draft manuscripts will be peer reviewed by experts in the field prior to final paper submission.

Publication Opportunity

Journal of Sailing Technology: Upon submission, authors may elect to have their papers considered for inclusion in the Journal of Sailing Technology. All CSYS papers will be formatted to JST requirements and submission to CSYS will provide a first level of review.

Why Submit?

Visibility: Present your work to a global audience of sailors, naval architects, engineers, and sailing enthusiasts.

Networking: Engage with fellow professionals and build lasting connections.

Impact: Contribute to the advancement of yacht design and leave a mark on sailing technology.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: August 12, 2024

Notification of Acceptance: August 31, 2024

Full Paper Submission Deadline: December 1, 2024

Conference: March, 2025 [Dates to be confirmed]

For inquiries and further information, please contact:

Britton Ward (he/him), Technical Program Chair 

Email: csyspapers@gmail.com  Phone: +1 (443) 852-2257 [whatsapp] or skype: vmgbritt


About the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium (CSYS)

The CSYS is a triennial gathering of experts, enthusiasts, and industry professionals dedicated to advancing the science and art of yacht design. Founded in 1974, it remains a vital platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation in the sailing world. The Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium is presented by The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. CSYS collaborates with the High Performance Yacht Design Conference and Innov’Sail to provide a three year cycle of conferences dedicated to the advancement of sailing related research.