Newport, RI – For the big boat sailor, self-evaluating performance data has always been a challenge. On-board instrumentation can be a valuable tool, but often needs careful calibration and integration with software programs to become of practical use in developing meaningful performance targets for the team.

In this program SYRF and KND will provide a customized performance analysis package for selected entries in the upcoming Bell’s Beer Beer Bayview-Mackinac Race starting on July 16 and the New York YC’s 2016 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex being held over July 9-16. After racing, each boat will provide their log files and KND will then process this raw data to create a report of the True Wind Speed and True Wind Direction, along with a graphical depiction of the wind field and position of the boat in each race.

Set on a timeline, these reports can then be used by each team to evaluate their performance in each race with a level of accuracy and confidence unattainable with one-dimensional instrument software packages.
The data collected in this program also serves a higher purpose for SYRF in assisting rating rule systems with the improvement of their Velocity Prediction Programs (VPP’s) and other tools used to fairly handicap racing yachts.

“We are very excited to offer this performance analysis program to the US racing fleet,” said Steve Benjamin, Chairman of SYRF. “At the New York YC Annual Regatta a few weeks ago, there were huge variations in wind conditions in some races, and on board our boat SPOOKIE we found the post-race KND analysis valuable in evaluating where our performance was on target and where we could improve.”

Boats entered in the Bayview Mackinac Race on the Cove Island course and those racing in New York YC’s 2016 Race Week at Newport presented by Rolex may fill out the online interest form through the SYRF Website and contact SYRF Executive Director McKenzie Wilson if interested in participating in this unique program.