20 Tonne Precision Wireless Load Sensing Technology for Superyachts

20 Tonne Precision Wireless Load Sensing Technology for Superyachts

Until now our focus has been on smaller boats, developing technology in partnership with INEOS TEAM UK, the UK’s America’s Cup team, and subsequently supplying multiple Olympic sailing teams. 

Maximising speed is our forte, but it was only a matter of time before Cyclops devices found homes on superyachts – giving sailors the ability to measure the load on anything from the mainsheet, to code sail tack lines, to backstays and runners, potentially applicable to any soft line under significant load. Accurate second-by-second load measurements are sent wirelessly to the Cyclops app or on-board instruments, and can then be logged in conjunction with GPS data for reliable, repeatable settings.

Thus, Cyclops is pleased to announce the newest addition to their smartlink range – designed specifically for use on larger boats and superyachts – the 20T. Using the same technology helping elite sailors around the world measure loads on critical, high-performance lines, the minds at Cyclops have extended their obsession with making sensors sleek, robust and precise, but have let loose in making a larger, super-strong edition.

The result is the big brother of the smartlink range, still compact in design, its titanium frame measuring just 107 x 88mm, and weighing just 789g. Yet, as its name suggests, the new smartlink packs a considerable punch by remaining accurate under loads of up to 20T, and has aperture crafted and aligned specifically for the rigging of superyachts – unquestionably the strongest load sensor for its weight.

 Some of the world’s greatest sailors have shown how Cyclops data helps you win, now you can take the guesswork out of safety and performance on your superyacht with this precision technology.

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.

Cyclops Marine to sponsor JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020

Cyclops Marine to sponsor JOG Home Ports Regatta 2020

Cyclops Marine is delighted to be sponsoring the JOG Home Ports Regatta, 29-30 August 2020. Sales Director Tom Pickles and Engineering Intern Will Birch-Tomlinson will be out on the racecourse giving customers of Cyclops Marine a leg up on the competition on yachts competing with a smarttune installed.

Cyclops Marine is a technology business that has developed a range of wireless load sensors for the sailing environment. The sensors bring America’s Cup technology to the everyday sailor. Wireless load sensors like smarttune and smartlink enable sailors to set their rig up and fine tune their sheet loads to their optimum setting, so they repeatably hit their fast settings first time every time.

Four-time Volvo Ocean Race Winner Stu Bannatyne says that, “matching forestay tension to the wind and sails is the key to upwind performance.” Tom and Will be looking to help customers experience this first-hand and get more value from their boat through the correct set up so they too can go faster and higher than the competition.

“The sailing season has been cut short this year as it is,” comments Ian ‘Chips’ Howarth, CEO of Cyclops Marine. “Our Smart range of products help sailors get up to speed and the quicker they can do that, the better. Good luck to everyone competing in the regatta.”

Registered competitors and Members of JOG should keep an eye on their inbox for a race exclusive offer coming their way. To learn more about smarttune and smartlink please visit www.cyclopsmarine.com

Cyclops Marine Appoint Italian Distributor

Cyclops Marine Appoint Italian Distributor

Cyclops Marine is excited to announce Velamania as their new distributor for Italy. Velamania are one of Europe’s most experienced distributors in the rigging and performance racing market.

Velamania CEO, Paolo Torre confirmed, “We are delighted to be partnering with Cyclops Marine. This innovative technology is essential for the racing sailors, we love to bring new products to the market that will help our customers sail faster and safer.”

From Cyclops Marine, one of the marine industry’s fastest growing tech businesses, their Sales Director, Tom Pickles commented “Paolo’s team at Velamania have such a high level of rig expertise, they are the ideal partner for us. We have some great extensions to the smartlink and smarttune range launching soon that are ideally suited to Velamania’s market. We can’t wait to support them extending the number of customers gaining the benefits of our load sensing technology.”

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.

To harness the power of smarttune and smartlink please visit www.cyclopsmarine.com for more information, #MeasureSuccess.

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.

For more information:
Contact Marie-Claire: MC@marineresources.co.uk or Call/WhatsApp 07458 040285

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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.