Just a couple of weeks left before the Route du Rhum, and already some amazing footage of the new generations of foiling IMOCAs. Data analysis is more important than ever in order to find the best configuration for these complex boats. And pretty exciting to know that these will also be used in the next Volvo Ocean Race!
In a nail biting finish into the Hague, Dongfeng Race Team managed to snatch its first leg win in the Volvo Ocean Race and finish first overall in this gruelling 9 months race. Spanish team Mapfre came in third on this final leg, giving them the second place overall. Both teams have been using KND SailingPerformance’s services and tools from the outset. This is the third time in a row that KND is associated with the Volvo Ocean Race winning team (Groupama Team France in 2012, and Team Abu Dhabi in 2015).
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.
For all the french speakers, we highly recommend subsrcibing to TipAndShaft‘s mailing list. Their weekly newsletter is full of very interesting articles and sailing related news. This week, they interview Fabien Delahaye, a member of Dongfeng’s performance team in the Volvo Ocean Race who works in collaboration with KND.
Team Vestas just arrived in Itajai Brazil. Visibly the Falklands might be missing an electrical pole, but it was put to good use. Now the race for the start begins. Will they be ready for the inport race on Friday?