For his Ultim Sodebo, Thomas has selected the HR Pilot, like Cheminée Poujoulat, winner of the latest Barcelona World Race, and Alex Pella, winner of the latest Route du Rhum in Class 40. Thomas Ruyant, on “Le Souffle du Nord”, has chosen the HR Pilot for his Vendée Globe in order to gain in autopilot steering performance compared to the first generations of IMOCA boats.
The combination of the HR Processor and the HR Pilot is recognized as a performance autopilot solution. The new Processor V3.7 is the result of new development and it allows immediate handling with the performance expected by the most demanding sailors. Setup is now accessible directly from the Multigraphic.
This high-end autopilot is combined with a motion reference unit for fast response to heading changes and noise reduction of wind data, allowing the measured apparent wind to be corrected from the boat’s motion and speed acceleration. Steering with true clean true wind data, the autopilot acts smoothly, reducing rudder movements. The result is less negative effect on boat speed and a reduction in power consumption by 40%.