Mar 30, 2022
smarttune sending stay loads to boat instruments or phone app
Originally developed for the America’s Cup now Canadian sailors can access this technology at affordable prices.
Remember your best race? Everything clicked, you were in a different gear, pointing higher off the start and faster than your competition. The following day you tried to repeat it all, and you just couldn’t find the same pace.
There are few variables that are directly influenced by the crew, but four-time Volvo Ocean Race Winner Stu Bannatyne says that “matching forestay tension to the wind and sails is the key to upwind performance.”
So, if a sailor could set their rigging up precisely according to the wind and their sails (time after time), they would have an edge over the competition.
Cyclops Marine have made this a reality. Harnessing the latest technology to create smarttune and smartlink2, simple-to-install load sensors. These sensors accurately measure stay, soft stay or sheet tension in real time, transmitting rig-loads wirelessly to smartphone or boat instruments.
With smarttune you can measure your fastest settings, control your forestay sag, headsail/mainsail shape and mast bend to optimize your race performance. With smartlink2 you can gain load readings on any of your rope controls from sheets, to tack lines, vangs or backstays.
smartlink2 for sheet loads that can be viewed on boat instruments or phone app
You can find the full range of Cyclops Marine load sensors at www.indiemarine.com or at one of their dealer chandleries.