Catching up with the Champions

How Wireless Load Sensing is Changing the Competitive Landscape of The Key Yachting J-Cup

J/122e Juno powering her way to IRC 1 victory at the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup with smarttune from 333Cyclops on the forestay. ©Landsail Tyres J-Cup – Paul Wyeth Photograph

Having supported the Key Yachting J-Cup for the past two events, industry leaders in wireless load sensors for race yachts, Cyclops Marine will be making their third appearance at the J-Cup, come Thursday 30th June.

Easily installed to your rig, wireless load sensors from Cyclops connect to your smartphone and onboard displays, broadcasting live load data via Bluetooth, allowing you to repeatedly hit your fastest settings and find optimal performance. It’s been a pleasure to watch Cyclops’ ground breaking technology spread through the fleet since its arrival on the scene in 2020, and as the data and the performance advantages it provides have spread, changing the way sailors race and train on the water, the competitive landscape has also started to shift, and the true effects of Cyclops Marine’s wireless load sensors are only now beginning to become clear…

When the technology became accessible a couple of years ago, there was a widespread uptake from fleet leaders, allowing them to perfect and refine their winning formulae. We are now seeing the drip-down effect in the rest of the fleet, and 2022 could signal a new competitive order for those using the data effectively.

With sensors now onboard many Corinthian boats and those in the middle and towards the back of fleets, they now have the ability to challenge the leaders on equal footing, especially in classes that have whole-heartedly embraced the data. In these classes, knowledge has spread like wildfire – once a well-kept secret, knowing optimal dynamic rig settings is much more commonplace, meaning that the middling boats can emulate the settings of the champions to an exact number, live on screen – hence we’re seeing the gap between the leading boats and the rest of the pack beginning to close.

A good example is the J/70 fleet, in which leaders like ‘Jelvis’ have been using the technology for some time… Jack Wetherell (Trimmer, Jelvis):

“We’ve been using the smarttune sensor on the forestay in training for a while now, and making some nice gains. For me it puts an exact number on all those tricky trim variables. It’s not class legal for racing on the J/70, so it’s all about analysing and improving every time you go out there to train, then transferring those findings onto the racecourse. The app is great for taking the data away and getting the most of it.”

Jelvis have had a dominant start to the new season, but it’s not just about the boats at the front of the fleet. Knowledge gathered from the data is spreading, and especially in the hands of expert coaches like Andrew “Dog” Palfrey who’s had the opportunity to observe and use the technology, it can be used to great effect to emulate the exact settings of those at the front, making for an altogether more competitive landscape.

International Coach Andrew “Dog” Palfrey – “It’s not only seeing the loads. It is also building a factual understanding of what is actually going on with the rig dynamically. For example, what happens to the forestay load when we ease the mast ram forward – or when we pull the vang on upwind in a J/70? From using the sensors I’ve built up a bank of numbers for different conditions – I have learnt what loads are fast and how the controls interact. So, when using them in training, we use the live number to get up to speed and then practice hitting it time and time again, so it becomes second nature for race day”

Watch the video……….

J/70 training clip with live load data from smartune

One by one each class is catching up with how to fully harness this new technology. Don’t get left behind. If you have some catching up to do, or you want to blow everyone out of the water this season, get in touch with Cyclops and find the sensor that can transform your season.

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About Cyclops Marine

Cyclops Marine Ltd, is a technology business led by innovators that have developed load sensors for use in the sailing environment. The Cyclops Marine Smart range of products are a new generation of wireless load sensors created by some of the leading brains from Cambridge University, in collaboration with sailors, to produce accurate, repeatable and meaningful data. Set to become the industry standard, the Smart range, enables sailors to set their boat up for optimum performance time after time. Easy to install, the range provides real-time data that is simple to understand. Cyclops is led by Ian ‘Chips’ Howarth surrounded by an experienced team of renowned sailors & technical experts. The Smart range is sold through a global distribution network.

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