Newport, RI - Projects supported by the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation (SYRF) have not been on summer holiday this season, with progress made in several areas of research. Each of these programs helps further SYRF's stated mission "to develop and catalog the science underlying sailboat performance resulting in more accurate sailboat handicapping formulae for the benefit of all racing sailors."
Graphic track of TP 52 Heartbreaker in Chicago-Mac Race
As reported in June, the KND Analysis Project of collecting race logs from select boats entered in the New York YC Annual Regatta, the Bayview-Mackinac Regatta, and the Chicago-Mac Race has yielded a total of 60 days of data. These logs have been compiled into a composite log file, and are available for download from the SYRF Technical Resources Library. For best viewing and analysis, be sure to try KND Sailing Performance's RaceReplay software, available for trial and download online at the KND website.
"The value of this data will be to allow handicappers to make better use of race results in judging the accuracy of their ratings," says SYRF Technical Director
Jim Teeters. "Using the actual weather, not what was assumed and embedded in the ratings, enables meaningful comparisons between actual and predicted performance."
"Another possibility for this project to become more efficient is for KND to develop an automated process for evaluating the data logs," says SYRF Executive Director McKenzie Wilson. "We will discuss this more with KND, as it can make the processing time and effort much easier and allow for many more races and racers to participate."
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Newport, RI -- Data from SYRF's Data Analysis Program, offered in partnership with KND Sailing Performance, is now available through the SYRF Technical Resources Library. As part of it effort to build the world's first boat performance database, SYRF collected instrument log data from boats participating in the 2016 NYYC Annual, NYYC Race Week, Bayview to Mackinac, and Chicago to Mackinac races. KND Sailing Performance analyzed over 60 days of log data and provided boats with individualized instrument calibration and wind reports. For each race, the wind data from each boat's log file was put into a composite log file, allowing racers and handicappers to understand the observed wind mix and course model of each race. These composites wind files are available for download from the SYRF Technical Resources Library. For best viewing and analysis, be sure to try KND Sailing Performance's RaceReplay software, available for trial and download online.