Sailing performance data is an important validation tool for yacht handicappers to compare predicted boat performance with observed boat performance. However, this data has never been shared publicly or in a centralized location. SYRF intends to not only provide a convenient platform for collecting this data from individual boats but also for sharing this data with the sailing design and research community.
The platform will be utilized by two groups of individuals: the average sailor and the technical user/researcher. For the average sailor, he or she will use this platform to upload boat log data to the database as well as to view sailing venue reports. The ability to view historical information on each sailing venue will be an incentive for sailors to upload their own data to the database. For the technical user/researcher, he or she will utilize the search function to select sections of the dataset to download for offline analysis.
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The Boat Performance Database officially launched in September 2017 and is currently undergoing a facelift ahead of the 2018 race season.