smartlink – is this the missing link?

smartlink – is this the missing link?

Cyclops Marine launch smartlink. A new wireless load sensor designed to help sailors find their groove, record their settings, and most importantly repeat those settings. Sailors win regattas when they get their settings right.

smartlink by Cyclops Marine

Want to hit the fast loads on any of your rope controls? From sheets to tack lines, vangs to backstays, you could even monitor to your hiking with a toestrap sensor. Repeat the fast settings with smartlink, a sleek, lightweight load sensor that delivers on-board, real time dynamic load measuring.

smartlink will wirelessly feed the live load to a mobile application or the boats instruments via NMEA2000 Gateway and cable.

“At any point in time, sailors can see what loads they are working with,” comments Ian Howarth, CEO at Cyclops Marine. “Teams are feeding back they are trimming their boats better, more consistently and sailing faster. Real time loading with visible numbers makes this easy.”

smartlink on a trimaran mainsheet

Fitting a smartlink is simple. It is manufactured in low density, high strength Titanium, this makes it very light weight, and simple to add inline to any soft stay or sheet. It is strong and aesthetically pleasing. Race teams need the data with no compromise on weight. smartlink is the smallest, lightest and strongest sheet load sensor in the world.

Once fitted, the smartlink will help sailors find their winning settings, get in the groove, and be able to repeat those proven settings for the wind conditions and the sea state. Who better to help with the smartlink development than a team that understands ‘there is no second’, with the product developed in partnership with INEOS TEAM UK.

“At INEOS TEAM UK, we consider Cyclops Marine our ‘go-to’ experts when it comes to wireless load sensors. Forging a close relationship with our suppliers is one of our core values, especially when that company manufactures in the UK.” (Andrew McLean, Team Leader Systems Engineering, INEOS Team UK)

smartlink range: 2 tonne, 5 tonne, 10 tonne

Key features of smartlink:

  • Simple to fit
  • Wireless
  • Factory calibrated
  • Leading edge technology
  • Cost-effective
  • Can be used in several different locations
  • Realtime data to smart device and marine electronics

Technical details of smartlink:

  • Available: 2 tonne, 5 tonne, 10 tonne loads
  • Weight: 160g, 210g, 360g
  • Size: 79 x 55 x 19 mm, 83 x 66 x 22 mm, 93 x74 x25 mm
  • Material: Titanium
  • Battery life: 200 hours with smartpower feature (target 25-30 days racing)
  • Simple to change, standard C2032 battery.

smartlink is the second product in the smart range from Cyclops Marine, following the launch of smarttune, where the company brings America’s Cup technology to the ordinary sailor. Contact your local Cyclops Marine distributor to purchase your smartlink and find your winning gear www.cyclopsmarine.com.

In conversation with Cyclops Marine’s Chips Howarth

In conversation with Cyclops Marine’s Chips Howarth

In conversation with Chips Howarth © Mark Jardine

This story originally appeared on Yachts and Yachting.

Founded in September 2018, Cyclops Marine brings together wireless sensor technology and sailing expertise, with the aim to be the industry standard in yacht load sensing. Cyclops sensors are designed to be used in a marine environment, developed with our customers in mind.

Mark Jardine, Managing Editor of Sail-World.com and YachtsandYachting.com, chats with Chips to find out more…

Learn more about the products and company at www.cyclopsmarine.com

Olympic keelboat campaigner Henry Bomby: how to unlock the last 1% of Boat Speed that wins races

Olympic keelboat campaigner Henry Bomby: how to unlock the last 1% of Boat Speed that wins races

YOUTUBE PREMIERE: THAT ELUSIVE FINAL 1% OF BOATSPEED, AND HOW TO GET IT

How much time and money would you put into finding that last, elusive 1% per cent of boatspeed? How much for a new set of sails, for example? You know how important it is, because in sailboat racing, marginal gains can spell the difference between holding your lane out of the start and choosing your path to the first mark. Or being spat out the back because you couldn’t quite hang in there. Bounced off on to the other tack, forced to make do with sloppy seconds.

Like every dedicated professional sailor, Henry Bomby is on a mission to find every last ounce of boatspeed that he can muster. A four-time competitor on the uber-tough Figaro solo offshore circuit in France and part of Dee Caffari’s crew in the last Volvo Ocean Race aboard Turn the Tide on Plastic, the 29-year-old has now embarked on a doublehanded offshore keelboat campaign in the newest Olympic discipline.

Sailing journalist and editor of ‘go faster’ website Sailjuice.com, Andy Rice conducted a Zoom interview with Bomby about his ambitions and the methodical approach the British sailor is taking to maximising boatspeed. 

Bomby shares his analytical approach which can be applied to any sailing campaign dedicated to attaining that final 1% which any team needs to get to the top step of the podium in any world-class regatta, particularly the Olympic Games.

Bomby has been an early adopter of rig tuning technology developed by British company Cyclops Marine. The Cyclops CEO, Ian ‘Chips’ Howarth, is well known to anyone who has followed high level small-boat racing over the past 20 years. Chips has won the Fireball and Enterprise World Championships as well as enjoying a good deal of success in the sportsboat scene including the Melges 24 fleet during its heyday.

On this call, though, Howarth is on hand to explain the potential of the technology that his company has been developing in close co-operation with Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup campaign. “A lot of the development of our whole business was done in partnership with Ben Ainslie and INEOS TEAM UK,” explains Howarth. “What I can tell you is that his team have eight of our sensors installed all over their race boat. What I’m NOT allowed to tell you is WHERE they’re using them! That’s the one thing they insisted on. But it has been fantastic working with them because it is ensuring our products have been developed absolutely for sailing and racing purposes. They have really challenged us to make sure we deliver the best possible technology for the job, which is to provide highly accurate rig sensing data for the smallest possible weight penalty.”

While the vast majority of racing has been put on hold during 2020 due to the global pandemic, the time line for major events like next year’s America’s Cup and the 2024 Olympics remain in place. More than ever, quality time on the water is of the essence for sailors like Ainslie and Bomby. Now, Cyclops technology is enabling Bomby to accurately measure even the tension through the bobstay that secures the tack of his downwind code sails. “Up to now, like most sailors, we put a black marker pen mark on the sheet to tell us where to set the tack line and the halyard, but with a Cyclops smartlink we can accurately monitor and adjust the tension in the bobstay to within a few kilograms of accuracy.”

At the end of the YouTube Premiere is a special offer to buy any product from the Cyclops range – both smarttune and smartlink – at a special discount.

Whether or not you decide to buy, the insights from Henry Bomby will still provide you with a valuable insight into that quest for the elusive 1%, the process of Marginal Gains made so famous by the British Cycling Team.

Harken Fosters to Supply Cyclops smart Range in New Zealand

Harken Fosters to Supply Cyclops smart Range in New Zealand

Cyclops Marine has chosen Harken Fosters as its New Zealand distributor.

Fosters Ship Chandlery have been in the business of selling marine equipment to the boating industry for 110 years. A Harken distributor since 1978, they were acquired by Harken in 2006. They stock modern and traditional sailing hardware products, in addition to distributing to marine retailers across the country.

Check out the range here and for stocking opportunities within New Zealand, please contact Harken Fosters here.