Icy, the Melges IC37 has been in winning form since she launched for Cowes Week this summer. And when you take another look at her, there's more than one Irish connection. In keeping with the keep it simple but do it well ethos of the design, Icy uses a Racegeek D10 for its electronics.
The Irish Marine Tech 'RaceGeek' Instrument was developed in Dublin by Howth sailor Ric Morris.
Morris filled in some of the details onboard Icy."The set-up on Icy couldn't be simpler. A B&G WS310 masthead unit and Airmar DST800 speed and depth transducer wire straight to the d10. Job done. The tactician has control over the d10 from the back of the boat via his phone and uses a tablet for navigation".
Developing True Wind Function
While talking electronics, Morris gave an update on Racegeek in general. "It's been great to have data from boats like Icy and Outrajeous (see bewlo) here in Ireland to help us develop true wind function for the d10. We'll be launching this over the winter.
This is our third year and one of consolidation. Half the top 15 boats at the recent SB20 Worlds and a quarter of the J/70 fleet at their World used a d10. We worked with teams before both events to look at their data and set them up for the event. We have a partnership with RS Sailboats for the RS21 and equipped all their boats in the US. A number of the Melges 32s in the US have switched over and we're seeing d10 on the privately-owned IC37s. We had our first sale to a quarter tonner and FarrEast 28.
Probably the craziest boat with a d10 is an Xtreem 40 that's now down in Australia and on the multihull front, we're still working with Piers and the Diam 24s in the UK.
While we focused on the small sports boats in the first couple of years it's great to see take-up across the range of boats we designed the d10 for. The d10 is really the perfect instrument for the whole Irish fleet."