The first IC37 NYYC Invitational Cup is under way. We are thrilled to see 20 teams from all over the world competing in Newport waters as we were in charge of the CFD & VPP for the project. Beyond the NYYC one design racing, KANREKI won Cowes Week IRC1 class after missing the first race!
Follow the racing on the NYYC event website, including trac-trac and live video of the event.
Here we are, in the starting blocks of another 52 SuperSeries season. Once again the fleet will bring together passionate owners and most of the best sailors in the world for a 5 events championship. In 2019 knd will work with Alegre, Bronenosec, Gladiator, Phoenix 11 & 12, Platoon, Quantum Racing. Provezza carries on using our SPP performance analysis software. Overall we work 7 out of 10 entries.
What’s new this year? The most important change that has been starting a few years ago with the Quantum training group has now become a general trend. As a matter of fact, boats refinements are getting quite subtle and it becomes really hard to assess the progresses alone. Thus a couple of training partnerships have appeared beyond Quantum-Platoon as the Phoenixes and Gladiator on one hand and Alegre and Sled on the other hand are sharing their resources on and off the water to squeeze that extra bit of performance that will utlimately make the difference. Lineups are of course part of the common practices but coaches and teams also work on all sorts of drills to hone the team’s skills. And it works!
On our side this has lead us to launch quite a few new developments:
The post racing routing based on a grib built from the measured wind of the participating teams is an unique tool for afterguard debriefs and understanding of the regatta. Legs are analyzed in terms of wind speed and direction and an ideal route is proposed.
Ideal route (in black) and fleet routes; TWS variations and TWD variations
The challenge of producing quality reports for more boats together with increasing the quality of the analysis also prompted us to launch the development of a new generation of reports reducing our team’s time spent doing ‘administrative’ tasks and freeing their minds to think about the data of the day. These tools work with single and multiple boats analysis from lineups to race legs.
What else? That would allow you to read the excellent weekly newsletter from our Lorient friends from Tip and Shaft. This week, the Frenchies are posting a paper on the TP52 series including a few words from knd.
We have been involved in the series since 2009 with Quantum and All4One. We thought like most that the class would die after the 2010 season when the owners of Ran, Quantum and Azzura decided to put a significant effort to keep the class alive. As a result, from 5 boats in 2010, the class has grown quickly to about 10-12 teams featuring the highest level classic monohull racing.
We have had the chance to be involved directly with some of the most successful teams: Quantum, Ran, Platoon, all of them world champions. This year we work with 7 teams: Quantum, Platoon, Onda (the Quantum squad), Alegre and their training partners Sled, Gladiator and Onda.Bronenosec, Alegre, Phoenix, Gladiator, Onda. Other teams, Paprec and Provezza use our performance software internally.
The incredibly high level of the series is pushing us to improve our tools and methods. Among the developments arising from the class are the multiboats analysis to help teams joining force and sharing data to progress faster.
We have also developed a unique ‘post racing routing’ which shows the best route based on a grib generated from the boats logs. The goal is to help tacticians an strategists understand better the day racing and the racing venue.
As a conclusion we would like to thank the owners who put so much enthusiasm and energy in the series to make it this unique high level sailing event.
Lots happening in Newport these days, in addition to the Volvo stopover (race lead by MAPFRE and DONGFENG, two teams we support for performance analysis), the IC37 official presentation will take place today in Newport. The selection by the NYYC of Mills Design supported by knd for hydrodynamics optimization, VPP and performance analysis is a testimony of the high quality of several Mark Mills on which we have worked ranging from the C&C30 and Cape31 to the Alegre IRC72 and the recently launched Wally Cento Tango, already first of the 100 footers in PalmaVela.
The IC37 is already so successful, well beyond the 20 boats ordered by the NYYC, that a second builder has been commissioned in Europe in order to keep the pace with the orders!
The first major event of the med season, Palma Vela will take place next week. In 2018 this will be a particularly exciting regatta as several brand new TP52s will be racing there for the first time. On our side we’ll be involved more than ever with six teams working with knd to support their performance development process. Long evening in sights for all the knd ‘curveriders’ engineers… We have already had a first taste of the 2018 Botin Partners design as Alegre and Sled have been practicing last week in Valencia (very light airs).
The other fleet of major interest for knd is the Wally Class as the Wally Cento Tango, after a promising first event in St Tropez last year will start her first full season of racing after a few modifications to take into account the evolution of the fleet and what was learnt on the first event.
Two of us will be present in Palma with Alegre and Tango while four additional engineers will work from Valencia on PalmaVela competitors data.