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.