Skippered by Toff Daniels, the J/122E Juno won the IRC1, the premier division at this weekend’s Landsail Tyres J-Cup.
Winning four races in the series and going into the final day with half a point lead, Juno sealed their victory 5 ½ points clear, showing great consistency over the regatta. Cyclops Marine had the opportunity to catch up with Toff and his mainsheet trimmer Keiron Hill to ask how smarttune helped in their dominant win. A jubilant Toff cut straight to the point: “it is a step forward in trimming a race boat.”
On the mainsheet Keiron emphasised the reassuring influence of the wireless load sensor. “The forestay load data was a really useful second check for my trimming. Looking at the main leech, I would sanity check what I was feeling with the forestay load.”
Referring to the loads, Keiron went into more detail: “we tended to set up for the lulls upwind, with forestay around 2.1 tonnes. In the solid pressure we would go to 2.5/2.6 tonnes using the backstay and mainsheet tension. If I got to 2.7 tonnes it was too much and we really starved out the main, it was great having the Cyclops number to help with this, then we looked at jib cars to depower.”