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The team

RACHAEL TAPP founder and director of Smart Sail Systems Ltd has worked in the UK sailing industry for 12 years in the family yacht charter company and was involved in and responsible for all aspects of that business, developing significant knowledge of and contacts within the UK and international sailing industry.


DAN PRIMROSE director. With a degree in Yacht Design from Solent University (SIHE), Dan has worked for more than 25 years in prestigious companies including Pendennis Shipyard, McLaren Automotive, Red Bull F1 team, Caparo Vehicle Technologies, Gordon Murray Design, Acro Aircraft Seating, Ferrari and Ben Ainslie's Americas cup team. Dan brings a wealth of design and production expertise to the Smart Sail Systems Ltd team as well as in-depth knowledge of the sailing industry.


CHRIS WOOLLACOTT Chief Technology Officer. Chris is an analog and RF specialist with over 30 years design experience from DC to 4GHz. He is experienced in all hardware aspects of electronic product design from concept to production.


DR STEVEN BOYD of the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON. Associate Professor within FSI. Dr. Steven Boyd will be providing the academic research for Smart Sail on the interpretation of the measured data collected by the sensor.  The University of Southampton will undertake a range of experimental laboratory tests to provide data to enable the interpretation of the sensor data into usable condition monitoring data.  The link between the sensor data and experiential data is a key aspect of the research.


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