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One Design Racing: Load data for those fine margins

One design racing is all about those tiny margins. A skipper that knows this better than most is Tony Mack who retained the J/111 National Championship and was awarded the J-Cup at the helm of McFly back in September last year. Cyclops Marine proudly sponsored the event and gifted the winner of the J-Cup a smarttune load sensor.
 
Cyclops were excited that Tony should be the recipient of the device, not just as a worthy winner after his crew’s performance, but because they knew that he was a competitor who would get the most out of it. The owner of McFly is so well respected not just for being fast on the water, but for the effort and diligence put in in preparation and fine-tuning.
 
Tony Mack on his boat
 
“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”.
 
McFly leaves nothing to chance because their skipper knows what all the best do: that you can always get faster, tighten those margins and know more about your boat – that resting on your laurels is the first step toward letting your upper-hand slip.
 
“Last year we lost a Cowes Week race by just 12 seconds after almost 5 hours sailing. Having been able to test smarttune, we can already see that it is an essential product that will provide us with the next competitive edge”. 
 
smarttune helps you get the edge and keep it. Easily swapping in for existing turnbuckle (forestay/backstay/shrouds/diagonals), the device sends live load data to your phone via the smartfittings manager app, and to existing on-board displays. Thus allowing you to learn your fastest settings, set up to match them, make real-time adjustments to conditions, and see immediate results in the numbers –  finding that winning gear time and time again.
 
The app also logs data integrated with GPS, ready for export to sailing analytics software – maximising the value of time spent in training and taking post-race analysis to new detail levels. (Unsurprisingly) this excited McFly’s owner: 
 
Forestay tension on display
 
“During the winter, we are looking forward to developing our base setting numbers and continual improvement through the 2021 race season to hit our fast numbers quicker and more reliably.”
Boats and Outboards Team
Published on 2021-01-14