Cyclops Marine Appoint new French Distributor

Cyclops Marine Appoint new French Distributor

Cyclops Marine is proud to announce a collaboration with XPO, the specialist rigging and hardware wholesaler, as their new distributor for France.

XPO are a major supplier to the performance racing market and have always been the pioneers of embracing new technology. Xavier Phelipon, CEO of XPO comments, “We are excited with the opportunity to distribute the Cyclops Marine range. These products will make a huge difference to how people race their boats, knowing the repeatable fast numbers for the rigging and line loads. With the wireless technology it is so easy to immediate benefits.”

Xavier also added “… we also see great safety benefits for the multihull sailors, with the available load data they can now make early adjustments to prevent damage or accident.”

Cyclops Marine’s Sales Director, Tom Pickles is equally excited by the new collaboration. “When we researched for our preferred partner for the all-important French market, Xavier’s name was recommended every time. XPO are a highly respected organisation and align well with the values of Cyclops Marine. We can’t wait to support the XPO Team to maximise the opportunities in the region.”

“Our smarttune product is so well suited to the masses of 20ft -50ft racers and cruiser racers in France. There are so many iconic yacht racing brands  built here that can further harness their potential with the real time rig data. Our smartlinks also align so well with XPO’s rigging expertise.”

About Cyclops Marine

Cyclops Marine Ltd, is a technology business led by innovators that have developed load sensors for use in the sailing environment. The Cyclops Marine Smart range of products are a new generation of wireless load sensors created by some of the leading brains from Cambridge University, in tandem with sailors, to produce accurate, repeatable and meaningful data. Set to become the industry standard, the Smart range, enables sailors to set their boat up for optimum performance time after time. Easy to install, the range provides real-time data that is simple to understand. Cyclops is led Ian ‘Chips’ Howarth surrounded by an experienced team of both renowned sailors & technical experts. The Smart range is sold through a global distribution network.

smarttune and smartlink create a new common denominator

smarttune and smartlink create a new common denominator

Onboard Dragonfly between Bembridge and the Forts during the RORC’s Race the Wight © Dragonfly

Saturday 1st August 2020 saw one of the biggest races of the year in the UK, probably globally, with 133 boats competing in the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s ‘Race the Wight’ in the most perfect conditions possible.

The fleet were welcomed with 12-23 knots and bright sunshine throughout the day, ultimate champagne sailing conditions. To make sure the champagne was flowing for the winners, being able to set and tune their rig correctly was paramount. To achieve this, some of the top guys harnessed the latest in wireless load sensing technology using the Smart Range of products from Cyclops Marine.

At least 10+ boats had either their smartlink or smarttune products connected and linked wirelessly to live load data on their phone app. Here is what some had to say:

“The technology worked brilliantly! It was essential for hitting the runner tension from tack to tack, we have good ‘feel and eye’ for our settings but the ultimate check was seeing the actual forestay load in real time on the phone app. Easy to see, big numbers, we hit 2,200kg coming through the Hurst Narrows when the boat was really cooking,” explained Navigator and Tactician, Nick Griffiths on board 5th place IC37, ICY.

Cyclops CEO, Chips Howarth was helming 3rd place multihull Dragonfly 28, Dragonfly, “We trialled a smartlink on our Code Zero sheet from the Needles to St Cats, combining the wind speed and hull speed with the sheet loading helped us to stay in the groove for the whole leg. It was great to have a visible number when loads were softening or heating up too much.”

smarttune was a common denominator for leading Jeanneau Sunfast models which saw them dominate the IRC Class 3 leader board.

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Code Zero up onboard Dragonfly during the RORC’s Race the Wight – photo © Dragonfly

New Job Opening – Territory Sales Manager

New Job Opening – Territory Sales Manager

Come Work with Us!

Are you a passionate and competitive sailor looking for a career in Sales?
Then this is the job opportunity that you have been waiting for!

Marine Resources are partnering exclusively with Cyclops Marine to assist with the expansion of their fast growing sales team. In this opportunity you’ll be working alongside and supported by some of best sales professionals in the industry.

Cyclops Marine, Founded in September 2018, brings together wireless sensor technology and sailing expertise. With Technology originally developed for use by Grand Prix racing teams, Cyclops have developed a unique and growing range of unique products now available to meet the performance requirements of race yachts of all sizes. Cyclops’s sensors can be used on any boat, easy to install, wireless and providing useful information that is easily understandable to all sailors.

As the ideal candidate you will have a great understanding of the marine industry and be a passionate and competitive sailor. You’ll be hands from the start and involved in all areas of the sales process. You will enjoy learning about technical sailing products as well as have the ability to communicate clearly their uses and benefits. For this position you will need be personable, with great attention to detail and have high standards of customer service. You’ll be travel hungry, entrepreneurial and looking to work for the next big thing in Marine. Ideally you’ll already have experience working with distributers, retailers, boat builders and like-minded sailors and have a background working in Engineering and/or Marine Sales.

This Fantastic opportunity is to join a fast growing and exciting Tech company in the world of Sailing in its infancy with an exceptional product growth plan across the globe. This is a career move that can’t be missed.

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When it comes to boat speed, smarttune eliminates one variable

When it comes to boat speed, smarttune eliminates one variable  

Juno enjoying the conditions during the JOG Great Escape (photo credit: Christopher Daniel)

We are back racing, perhaps not as we had planned, but starting guns are sounding and yachts are back competing. Short-handed sailing is having a resurgence, as households and crew bubbles take to the water. One owner who is making the most of this time is Christopher Daniel and his J/122e Juno.

In ‘normal’ times, Juno would compete with a crew of 10, however, currently they are sailing four up with a focus on getting out on the water and working on their boat set up with a view to competing in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2021.

Juno, an early adopter of smarttune, is starting to gain more rig data during sail trials and local JOG racing in the Solent. Christopher explains how there is a steep learning curve, as they now have access to data they have never had before. With the help of David Swete and Pete Redmond of North Sails, he is converting their visual and gut feel sailing method for their rig settings into quantifiable and repeatable data.

“Sailing to the polars is about the rig, trim and helm,” comments Christopher Daniel. “With smarttune our rig settings will be much more accurate, and we can replicate them rather than going on gut feel. If we know the rig is right, any discrepancies in actual speed to our polars can only be down to our trim or helm. smarttune has eliminated one variable.”

Juno competed in the Great Escape hosted by JOG, where the crew finished third in IRC Class 1.

SD Boatworks to Stock smart Range

SD Boatworks to Stock smart Range

Cyclops Marine is excited to welcome SD Boatworks as the next American stockist of smarttune and smartlink.

The SD Boatworks team has over 50 years of experience in the industry from almost every type of yachting sailed in all the corners of the globe. Their shop on Shelter Island provides a cooperative atmosphere and all the tools needed to do almost any rigging project.

When it comes to the foiling 69F, finishing first is in the detail

When it comes to the foiling 69F, finishing first is in the detail

When you can foil in 7 knots true wind you know you are in for the ride of your life. Six identical boats, 6.9m in length, three crew and with speeds of over 33 knots: it’s going to be fast, it’s going to be thrilling, and to be the first over the finish line, may not be enough to finish first.

We are talking about the Persico 69F Cup.  The logistics and boat set up are managed by the event organisers, 69F Sailing, and the sailors rock up and race.

“When it comes to optimising a high-tech project like the new 69F Persico foiling monohull having the ability to test and measure in real time is strategic,” commented Dede De Luca, Chief Sailing Officer of the Team 69F. “The Cyclops Marine smartlink is an extremely precise and useful tool which has allowed us to carry out checks and evaluations in the testing phase of the new class. Introducing IoT tools is important for the development of the entire program.” 

This is sailing to the max and pushing the boundaries, where crews are quite literally on a fine line between maximum thrill or crash and burn. smartlink has enable 69F sailing to get those setting right and understand the loads so the sailors will be able to foil with confidence.

July 14 – 19 will see six boats go head to head on Lake Garda as part of the Persico 69F Cup, where the overall positions will be calculated by finishing positions as well as other performance metrics, measured electronically.

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The ultimate one design foiling monohull #69Fsailing

Posted by 69Fsailing on Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Pacific Rigging to Stock smart Range

Pacific Rigging to Stock smart Range

Cyclops Marine is excited to welcome Pacific Rigging as the next American stockist of smarttune and smartlink.

Pacific Rigging offers complete mobile and yard rigging services. Specializing in project management, race prep, and custom rigging solutions, they serve racing and cruising sailors alike.  

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

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 and, chats with Chips to find out more…

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