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What is it? Por­ta­ble, wa­ter­proof wire­less in­stru­ment dis­play

Who is it for? Com­pet­i­tive rac­ers look­ing for faster, more ac­cu­rate data

isil­lu­sion with ex­ist­ing sail­ing in­stru­men­ta­tion, es­pe­cially for rac­ing on smaller boats, led to the for­ma­tion of this At­lanta, Ge­or­giabased start-up. The founders, a pair of Melges 24 and F18 sailors, ini­tially can­vassed opin­ion from sailors in classes from foil­ing dinghies to ocean rac­ers, then stud­ied ex­ist­ing in­stru­ments across the board from the Amer­ica’s Cup to those de­vel­oped for small boats.

The out­come is their first prod­uct, the At­las. This is a com­pact device with the best po­si­tion/ve­loc­ity, head­ing, heel and pitch sen­sors they could find, plus a bat­tery with 75 hours run time and a clear dis­play. Be­yond the hard­ware, Vakaros has worked hard to de­velop al­go­rithms to han­dle noise in the sig­nal from sen­sors, with­out re­sort­ing to the usual method of av­er­ag­ing read­ings over a pe­riod of time. The start line func­tion there­fore takes im­me­di­ate ac­count of the rapid ac­cel­er­a­tion, de­cel­er­a­tion and course changes when you’re jock­ey­ing for po­si­tion.

A data log­ging func­tion will record 100500 hours of data, de­pend­ing on log­ging rate, for sub­se­quent down­load via a smart­phone app and on­line anal­y­sis. This can be used, for in­stance, to de­ter­mine the fastest mode in spe­cific con­di­tions, or the cost of a tack or gybe.

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