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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

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