2019 52 SuperSeries starts in Mahon

2019 52 SuperSeries starts in Mahon

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.

 

Not a bad leg!
KND and rating rules

KND and rating rules

Great article in Seahorse magazine‘s April 2019 issue by Dobbs Davis and Larry Rosenfeld mentioning KND’s involvement in improving boat ratings. KND helps the group in generating accurate VPP polars as well as validating them with their data analysis tools. Here’s an extract:

“The collaboration between KND Sailing Performnace, OMA, MOCRA and ORC keeps progressing, and touched base during the first ORCmh group meeting in Valencia held in January. The very productive meeting helped to define the detailing process of merging the ORC and MultiRule approaches to refine the current multihull VPP moving forward.”

Jose Luis Ortin Montesinos

KND supporting the new ORC Multihull Rule

KND supporting the new ORC Multihull Rule

The Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) and the Offshore Multihull Association (OMA) have announced their partnership to develop a new handicap rule system called ORCmultihull, or ORCmh. This new system is intended to provide measurement, VPP rating and scoring tools for large performance multihulls, a new and exciting sector in offshore racing. This new handicap rule is an evolution of the MultiRule system, which OMA developed with help from the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) and KND Sailing Performance.

We are proud to have participated in this interesting project through our VPP and data analysis tools. We developed specific hydro and aerodynamic models for creating VPP polars, which were later refined with sailing data analysis after each race. These polars were then transformed to scoring polar used for correcting elapsed times from the race course, generating exciting racing between considerably different multihulls’ designs.

Read more about MultiRule here.

Photo credit © Christophe Jouany