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In sailing fast, the eyes have it!

November 5, 2013 by robert in Featured, NL Excel with 0 Comments

AMSTERDAM _ In their pursuit of crafting faster sailors, coaches and researchers in the Netherlands are connecting unusual dots these days. A U of Amsterdam study concludes that a sailor’s viewing habits are key to winning a race.

The study by Kaj Bocker and Morris van Beek followed 15 sailors and found the eyes of fast racers _ compared to those of slower rivals _ spend more time looking outside the boat than inside.

That suggests a sailor’s performance can be improved if coaches teach different viewing habits. And how do you do that? The researchers compared 2 cameras: a head-mounted Camsports Cam and MobileEye camera that, integrated into a pair of glasses, tracks a sailor’s eye movements.

The researchers found the former to be more useful to measure the viewing direction. The study’s results were announced by the InnoSportLab, a center in The Hague that stimulates innovative research benefiting both Dutch sailing talent and private sector ideas and products. The center opened in 2010.


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