Sailing innovations, what’s next?
Posted on: June 10, 2017, by : Movero Management AB

Ok, we need your help! Movero is sailing the RORC Fastnet together with Performance Yacht Racing and we want to test new innovations to make us win!!!

We all like to win and yeah, we also like to participate to finish and to live the experience. The reasons for Movero to sponsor and participate in off shore sailing are plenty.

  1. We like winning (and results) so does a sail racing team
  2. We like team effort – on a sailing boat on an ocean, a real team will be the difference
  3. We like it when the going gets tough! – we do not romantisise off shore sailing nor do we write novels about tough innovation and transformation journeys.

Innovation is hard work enjoyed afterwards

In the bar afterwards, when we finished a race (whatever the result), we cheer, celebrate and learn from the stories being told. Man, machine, nature…can it be any better? We believe it can always be better. The above are the same ingredients that drive innovation according to us.

Now we are doing it again. After many offshore races such as Rolex Sydney-Hobart, Rolex Middle Sea Race and Antigua sailing week, we start to wonder how we can get a new ‘edge’.

Let us know what is next. We will use it, test it, grow it, challenge it. 

Sailing = Innovation!

From celestial navigation to GPS technology, from sails to wings, sailing innovations have changed the way we take to the sea. And we couldn’t do without them. Here follows some inspiration for those who believe sailing is still about pirates or old bearded men with a pipe and to just provide a reference how open we are to testing new stuff.

From sails to wings

Visual depictions of sailing boats have been dated as far back as 5500 BCE, discovered on painted discs from ancient Mesopotamia found in modern day Kuwait. These sailing boats, used on the Nile River, were simple, square-rigged reed ships with a single square papyrus sail attached to a mast. Ancient civilisations including the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans all used sailing boats, and many cultures and practitioners have contributed to advancements in the science and practice of sailing over the millennia.

Today we are looking at high-tech foiling catamarans in the America’s cup. They resemble more of an airplane than they do a sailing boat. They go fast, fly and everything on these machines is just on another level. Many sailmakers use high  tech production and 3D imaging to ‘print’ sails that are just better formed to handle wind and push boats faster and faster.

From Celestial navigation to GPS navigation

Celestial navigation is the method by which ancient mariners piloted in darkness or when out of sight of land. The method requires angular measurements taken between heavenly bodies and the horizon as well as accurate time keeping to keep a ship on course. Modern skippers can’t live without internet onboard and navigation on their computer or iPad. However, all still bring a sextant, you might need it.

 

From personal survival to EPIRBs

it must have been fun to be a pirate. Shipwrecked, you could float to paradise with rum or in most res, you died. Nowadays, search and rescue is a bit more advanced and very helpful. It does not take away all danger of sailing the globe but it sure makes it more supportable.

From marine steamengines to all electric

The first marine engines were steam powered and were adapted for ships nearly a century after Thomas Newcomen created the first commercially successful steam engine in 1712. Nowadays, Conrad Colman completed a 110 day, 27,929 mile circumnavigation of the globe in the Vendee Globe and burned exactly zero fuel. Using an Oceanvolt motor with hydro generation, Conrad was able to complete the entire race using 100% renewable energy. Oceanvolt is the ideal solution for dedicated racers; replace the weight of a diesel engine, exhaust system and fuel tanks with an electric motor and battery bank, optimized to get you out and back from the race course, and save weight and help balance the boat.

So what’s next – we want to try it all!

 

we happily reference to an article with even more sailing innovations and more background:

10 top innovations in the history of sailing