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.