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Spinlock Sail-Sense wins DAME Award for marine electronics at the METSTRADE show

by Spinlock 15 Nov 2018 09:00 PST 14 November 2018
Spinlock Sail-Sense wins DAME Award for marine electronics at the METSTRADE show © Spinlock

Spinlock is pleased to announce that its new app-driven sail monitoring and management tool 'Sail-Sense' has won a DAME Award for marine electronics at the METSTRADE show in Amsterdam.

Sail-Sense is a multifunctional lightweight sensor that attaches to a sail, measuring UV exposure, hours of use, G-Force and flogging. It links with an app to deliver analytical and performance data. The Jury recognised this as a significant, well-designed development that will assist owners and captains on yachts of all sizes in the future. It was considered to be a very strong category winner among all DAME entries this year.

Until now, evaluating the condition of sails could only be made visually, without a comprehensive system to log their use, history and degradation. Sail Sense completely changes how wardrobes of sails are managed, allowing them to be tracked, traced and located, with their full history, all viewable with a few taps. The make, model, construction date, dimensions and materials are stored alongside its usage history, providing a comprehensive view of each sail in a fleet, managed by either a single user or a wider team.

On the water, Sail Sense automatically wakes upon movement, immediately logging UV exposure, G-Force and flogging. Research by Southampton University that looked closely at sail materials, fibres, construction and the effects of UV and motion on sails is built into the app to help create a health score for each sail.

Sail Sense can be sewn to a sail during construction or as an aftermarket purchase. The battery lasts up to five years, ensuring users can accurately record a sail's condition and monitor degradation.

For teams and businesses with large sail wardrobes such as super yachts, race teams and charter operators, Sail Sense provides additional asset tracking and inventory management, with data providing sailmakers, fabric manufacturers and groups such as insurance companies a whole suite of previously unknown data.

James Hall from Spinlock said, "We are absolutely thrilled to have won the DAME Award for Sail-Sense. The new multifunctional sail sensor will provide sailors with crucial information regarding a sails life and handling which will give them a great insight into their sailing execution and provide valuable guidance to streamline their performance."

Sail sense at a glance:

  • Negligible size and weight
  • Fitted just above the Clew of the sail
  • Tamper Proof record of sails lifetime history
  • Monitor the 'health score' of every sail used
  • Delivers full contextual analysis of usage
  • See how, when and where a sail has been used
  • Real time asset management - Live Mode
  • Full time visibility of product usage and wear
  • Measures hours in use, UV exposure, G-Force and flogging
  • Sewn attachment to the sail
  • Fitted during sail manufacture or added as an aftermarket accessory
  • 5 years battery hours depending on use
  • Fibre analysis of UV and motion undertaken by Southampton University
  • Deliver usage-based warranty and service agreements
  • Refine future sail product development
  • Accurately record sail condition
  • Monitor degradation
  • Optimise and Streamline inventory management
  • Valuable training aid for crews and yacht operators

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