Dixon Kemp (1839 – 21 November 1899), a British naval architect, was a founder of the Yacht Racing Association (now the Royal Yachting Association) and at one time its secretary. He was a founder of Lloyd's Register of Yachts.
Kemp was an authority on the design of yachts and yacht racing. Of his famous yachts, Firecrest (1892) was used by Alain Gerbault in his solo circumnavigation of the globe, and was the vessel he sailed to win the Blue Water Medal in 1923. His Amazon is still afloat and made a Trans-Atlantic crossing in 2011. The British Admiralty ordered copies of his Yacht and Boat Sailing supplied to the Navy. As an architect, he was regarded as an expert on stability of vessels, and his work was supplied to officers of the Royal Navy. As recently as a 1950 analysis of Joshua Slocum's vessel Spray, Kemp's formulae and analysis were still being put to use.
- Yacht designing : a treatise on the practical application of the scientific principles upon which is based the art of designing yachts (1876)
- A manual of yacht and boat sailing (first published in 1878)
- Yacht architecture: a treatise on the laws which govern the resistance of bodies moving in water, propulsion by steam and sail; yacht designing; and yacht building (first published in 1885)
- Exposition of yacht racing rules: customs & practices observed in match sailing, including decisions on particular cases of protest (1898)
- "Dixon Kemp Dies". The New York Times. 22 November 1899.
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