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J-Cup 2022: The Numbers Don’t Lie

The dust has settled on another instalment of the UK’s most competitive J-Boat regatta – the J-Cup. Two of the most hotly contested fleets, the J/70 and J/111 used the event as their National Championships, so racing was as hard-fought as ever and interest in the results at an all-time high…  

Market leader in wireless load sensors for race boats, Cyclops Marine has worked closely with many of the teams, finding the right load sensors for their boats and helping them get the most out of the technology and the data it provides.

McFly en route to victory in the J/111 Nationals:  Paul Wyeth Photography / Key Yachting

In the J/70 class, while sensors are not legal for racing, sailors use them in training to find their fastest settings, practising repeating them until it is second nature for race day, and using logged data for post-sail analysis and improvement. It was great to see all places on the podium filled by teams that train using Cyclops sensors. 

In the J/111 class live load data is permitted on-screen, in-race – so sailors can get even more value by hitting exact optimal numbers. Again, every place on the podium went to teams using smarttune sensors from Cyclops on the forestay.

Live load data displayed onboard J/111 McFly

Wireless load sensing is becoming a ‘must-have’ if you want to move up through the fleet. Here is why the Champions see it as essential:

“For me it puts an exact number on all those tricky trim variables… it’s all about analysing and improving every time you go out to train, then transferring those findings onto the racecourse. The app is great for taking the data away and getting the most out of it.”

Jack Wetherell, Trimmer, Jelvis, J/70 National Champions 2022
Jelvis also picked up the overall J-Cup: Paul Wyeth Photography / Key Yachting

“As with our J/111 one design class (or any similar OD) the margins are very close, technology that can help us go a little faster can be invaluable… smarttune helps us get to the right settings immediately.”

Tony Mack, Owner, McFly, J111 National Champions 2022

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