What is it? An integrated load measurement, data logging and analytics system, with output to instrument systems, smartphones and the cloud.
Who is it for? Anyone interested in maximising performance from a rig
IIt has long been known that better measurement of the loads on the structure and rig of yachts would benefit the sailing world. When he raced with Alex Thomson on Hugo Boss in the 2008 Round the Island Race, for instance, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was surprised that the boat wasn’t ‘covered in sensors’.
Vincent Geake, a former Whitbread round the world race navigator and founder of Cambridge, Uk-based Cyclops Marine, believes the industry is ready for a step change.
“Load cells used in the marine world haven’t moved on much since the 1990s,” he says, “and still need to be calibrated each time they are used.
“I spoke with 25-30 skippers and project managers at the Superyacht
Cup. They were all saying: ‘Loads are rising and we know we can’t deal with them as we should.’ Yet when we started researching an integrated system, we were surprised that we couldn’t find anyone else doing it already.
“Everyone talks about static loads, but structural engineers when a boat a wave. The red veil that comes down anticipated load limits even when racing grinding the runners on too hard.”
Cyclops Marine load cells with built-in calibration. These have three means of data transfer – bluetooth to smartphones, wireless to the boat’s instrument system and a hard-wired, high-resolution 100Hz an on-board hub. instantaneous peak loads stream key data to the instrument