Innovators in Marine Racing Technology Enter the Sports Boat Arena

Innovators in Marine Racing Technology Enter the Sports Boat Arena

Designed specifically for sports and day boats, Cyclops is thrilled to announce the latest addition to their smart range—the smarttune 5/16”. Using the same tried and tested wireless technology developed in partnership with INEOS TEAM UK, the UK’s America’s Cup team, and in use by multiple Olympic teams, the 5/16” compresses next generation load sensing into the most compact size possible and is optimised for low weight and low windage. The result is an unprecedented level of data insight for smaller boats. The smarttune 5/16” is the smallest, most convenient, most resounding performance upgrade available for your boat.

When you find your peak, everything clicks, you feel at your fastest, pushing your limits, going faster, pointing higher, the boat is in the groove, but you come back the next day, or the next week and it feels like a distant dream. Chasing that feeling based on intuition is like stumbling around in the dark, but with smarttune your data is recorded so you can go back and find that gear against live data again and again – fine tuning your settings, eliminating guesswork, negating natural variation and mastering your performance.

smarttune sensors are designed to easily replace your existing turnbuckle, screwing on in minutes, and seconds later feeding forestay load data to your phone Bluetooth, or boat displays via an NMEA2000 Gateway and cable. smarttune allows you to view rig loads in-race and in real-time, make those all-important adjustments and, most importantly, to maximise speed. This latest leap forward promises not only to help sportsboat sailors hit their fastest settings, but to repeat them time and time again, across ever-changing wind ranges, aided by the Cyclops app and its dynamic logging feature. The app takes post-race and training analysis to a new level of detail, combining load data with GPS,  allowing you to  make comparisons between boat speed and trim, invaluable for upwind  trimming and identifying the impact of forestay tension.

Cyclops is making a significant splash in the sailing world, across the board sailors can move on from using solely dock-based, static rig settings and can fundamentally change the way they sail going forward. Backstay and mainsheet load have massive impacts on the total rig-load transferring through the forestay, the forestay load affecting jib shape, mast compression, and in turn, mainsail shape. The key is striking a balance between achieving maximum forestay load without over compressing, bending the mast and starving the mainsail out. The real-time knowledge provided by smarttune is quickly becoming essential for all aspiring winners, and anyone who doesn’t want to be left behind.

Cyclops technology is stringently calibrated for extreme accuracy, and devices have been tested in the harshest of sailing environments by multi World Champions. While the 5/16” is not Class legal in every case, training and tuning potential make it a must have for sportsboats of all shapes and sizes.

smarttune is available through a global distribution network. For more information visit www.cyclopsmarine.com, or email us at info@cyclopsmarine.com.

More Winners use Cyclops

More Winners use Cyclops

J/122e Juno powering their way to class victory at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup 2020
Photo credit: Landsail Tyres J-Cup / pwpictures.com

More Winners use Cyclops

Skippered by Toff Daniels, the J/122e Juno won the IRC1, the premier division at this weekend’s Landsail Tyres J-Cup.

Winning four races in the series and going into the final day with half a point lead, Juno sealed their victory 5 ½ points clear, showing great consistency over the regatta. Cyclops Marine had the opportunity to catch up with Toff and his mainsheet trimmer Kieran Hill to ask how smarttune helped in their dominant win.  A jubilant Toff cut straight to the point: “it is a step forward in trimming a race boat.”

On the mainsheet Kieran emphasised the reassuring influence of the wireless load sensor. “The forestay load data was a really useful second check for my trimming. Looking at the main leech, I would sanity check what I was feeling with the forestay load.” Referring to the loads, Kieran went into more detail: “we tended to set up for the lulls upwind, with forestay around 2.1 tonnes. In the solid pressure we would go to 2.5/2.6 tonnes using the backstay and mainsheet tension. If I got to 2.7 tonnes it was too much and we really starved out the main, it was great having the Cyclops number to help with this, then we looked at jib cars to depower.”

On further discussion Kieran pointed out one of the challenges with race boats is the balance of achieving max forestay load without over compressing and bending the mast and starving the mainsail out. “Having marks on your backstay is not enough as your mainsheet load is such a factor in inducing load on the rig too. The whole rig is working as a dynamic structure and it is essential to have accurate data as to the impact of the loadings.” He went on to talk about having accessible data, “without a load sensor [smarttune], you are just guessing. We love the Cyclops product as we know it is accurate and we don’t have to mess about with wiring or calibration… it’s just wind and go!”

In a typical year Juno would have a full programme including offshore races, and this was the first Landsail Tyres J-Cup they have attended, commenting that it was a great regatta and an excellent opportunity for some boat-on-boat racing with other asymmetric boats. Juno took home their class win and the Best Newcomer Trophy.

Find out more about smarttune from Cyclops Marine and how data can help you race a more consistent series by contacting your local distributor via cyclopsmarine.com.

Toff Daniels and the crew of Juno collecting their prizes at the Landsail Tyres J-Cup 2020
Photo credit: Landsail Tyres J-Cup / pwpictures.com

Race winners use smarttune

Race winners use smarttune

Close racing during the JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020. Credit JOG/Rick Tomlinson

Race winners in Class 1 in the JOG Home Ports Regatta had one thing in common, a smarttune from Cyclops Marine.  

smarttune installed on NJOS

smarttune and smartlink are the latest innovations in wireless load sensor technology. They provide live load data via an app or boat instruments, where sailors can measure and repeat your fast settings. Control your forestay sag, headsail shape, mast bend and sheet load to maximise your performance in all conditions and on all points of sail.

What better platform to showcase them than a regatta that combines a long-distance race from Cowes-Poole-Cowes, followed by around the cans Solent racing.

Two owners, Stuart Lawrence of Scream2 and Tim Octon of NJOS, took advantage of the Cyclops Marine regatta offer and installed a smarttune on their respective forestays. With Scream2 making the most of having Tom Pickles, Sales Director from Cyclops Marine onboard and further fitted a smartlink under the furler on our Jib Top.

Scream2 racing out through Hurst. Photo credit: JOG/Rick Tomlinson

On Saturday 29th August, the course was Cowes-Poole-Cowes, a drag race in the wind conditions.  “Saturday turned out to be gusty with wind speeds varying from 10 knots to 20+ knots,” commented Stuart Lawrence, owner of Scream2. “Changing gear in these conditions to maintain maximum hull speed was essential. Thesmarttune dataenabled us to quickly alter our forestay tension through vang, mainsheet and backstay adjustments for optimal power at between 800kg and 1500kg forestay load. Whilst the smartlink on the Jib Top enabled us to hit our luff tension before unfurling and transition quickly between Jib Top, Stay Sail and Jib combinations.” Scream2 went onto win Class 1.

Sunday 30th August saw a traditional around the cans exploration of the Solent, covering the central and western parts. It was a game of gear changes with conditions and the course giving competitors an 18Knots blast downwind, to gusty shifting beats whilst locating the shallow water in an ebbing tide. Tim Octon and his crew on NJOS did this to perfection and took the win in Class 1 by 1mins 30 seconds from Scream2, “With the addition of the Cyclops smarttune to NJOS, our 1992 Corby 35, we can now tune our forestay to a known proven setting for best performance on any point of sail,” commented Tim Octon.

Live load data to mobile app

You know what your fast gear feels like. As conditions change it’s easy to reach 99% of your speed and miss out on that extra 1%. Have the data available, and visual alarm bells will ring to keep you at the top of your game and ahead of your competition. These race victories are down to the skill of the sailors, their dedication, teamwork, and data. Data helps you win.

Cyclops Marine was proud to sponsor the JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020. smarttune and smartlink are available through a global distribution network. For more information visit www.cyclopsmarine.com, like us on Facebook @cyclopsmarine, or email us at info@cyclopsmarine.com.