Wild Oats XI is an Australian maxi yacht, most famous for being the race record holder and a nine-times line honours winner of the Sydney to Hobart Race. Her helmsman, Mark Richards, is recognised as the race’s most successful skipper.
She is one of the fastest and most technologically advanced ocean racing yachts in the world, with an innovative carbon hull and a hydraulic canting keel* so powerful it could lift a jumbo jet off the ground. She was also the first international racing yacht to feature a hydrofoil, an underwater wing like structure that lift her bow and reduce the hull’s drag. Thanks to her ground-breaking design she can reach speeds close to 35 knots!
But when it comes to winning a race, it is the sailing navigation that is paramount, and to make the right decisions, the crew need to be able to rely on accurate and reliable information. That is why, in 2014, Wild Oats has chosen Advanced Navigation to commission a high accuracy navigation, heading and leeway system for their renowned maxi yacht.
A recent software update for the Spatial Dual INS was a great opportunity for Advanced Navigation Support’s team to head to the race yacht to install the new firmware and gather some valuable feedback from the Wild Oats team. Vito Guarrera, Technical Sales Manager at Advanced Navigation, also took the time to demonstrate the full potential of the Spatial Manager software to the crew.
After almost 4 years in a challenging marine environment, the INS is still working perfectly and shows no signs of wear even after the yacht being struck by lightning! The free update will further increase positioning accuracy, giving the crew an edge when it come the tactical navigation decisions.
*A canting keel is a form of sailing ballast, suspended from a rigid canting strut beneath the boat, which can be swung to windward of a boat under sail, in order to counteract the heeling force of the sail.