Tactical software on your chartplotter
Every industry has it pioneers, and in the annals of marine electronics Dr Graeme Winn is one of them. Back in the 1980s, there were just a few brave souls prepared to wire up very expensive Apple personal computers to a bank of car batteries in the bowels of a racing yacht, and then (somewhat hopefully) push off from the dock.
Dr Winn was one of them and in time, his work with the Victory syndicate at the 1983 America’s Cup developed into the Sailmath Deckman – a custom built tactical racing computer weighing in at just… 6kgs. Ah, those were the days. Dr Winn was originally a statistician and a programmer, and the clever part of what he did was in the maths; the calculations that determined the answers to all the questions that navigators and tacticians might ask during a race.