This data was originally made available as live streaming data from the boats during the events leading up to and including the 34th Americas Cup. The data was then published on the America's Cup Noticeboard website for the interest of the public.
In late 2014, the noticeboard website from the 34th AC was scheduled to be taken down in preparation for the next series of events in the 35th AC. To make sure this valuable data is not lost and continues to be publicly available, SYRF has now added it to the archives of the SYRF Technical Resources Library.
Data and supplementary files are available to download from each of the events. A pdf image of the original AC34 noticeboard webpage for each event is also available to help identify the files.
The data is available here on the Research Data page of the SYRF Technical Resources Library.
Barcelona, Spain -- At the 7th annual World Yacht Racing Forum, SYRF Technical Director Myles Cornwell gave a presentation to the Yacht Racing Design and Technology Symposium (YRDTS) on the SYRF Technical Library as a new online and accessible resource for researchers, students, sailors and others interested in exploring published technical papers, research reports and even datasets being made available to SYRF.
Cornwell gave the audience an overview of the role of SYRF in supporting the science of sailing, the projects SYRF currently supports, and an online tour of the Library and its functions. His presentation is available for download here: WYRF_2014_Presentation_Cornwell_revd.pdf.
This presentation was well-received, with Dr. Patrick Bot, Associate Professor at the French Naval Academy Research Institute and organizer of the triennial INNOV'SAIL conference in Lorient, saying "The online research library is a tremendous step forward in making the work we do accessible to so many that are interested in the science of sailing. It is exciting to see that SYRF is prepared to support this and other worthy projects that we pursue in basic research."
Photo by Max RanchiTechnology marches on: this is not just an axiom to modern life, but a fundamental principle embraced by most of us who race sailboats. Modern design trends have produced boats that are faster, more exciting and safer than ever before, where 40-footers are now exceeding the speeds of 50-footers built only a decade ago. Accordingly there is a growing interest in building and racing this new generation of high-performance offshore-capable designs.
But as in most arenas of technology, the cutting edge is not always widely accessible: not only are the costs higher for the boats themselves, but also for campaigning them at a competitive level where all of their potential can be realized on the race course. Fair racing with these boats can also be difficult because the existing handicap systems cannot always rate them fairly against other more typical mainstream designs that populate most regattas.
As part of SYRF's mission to support the science of sailing, we would like to know more about us with some valuable feedback on how to characterize competitive big boat racing. Your answers will help shape the future of the sport for all concerned.