Frustration leads to innovation

A non fog easy to install on-board Camera.

At the Laser Training Center in Cabarete, we have been using on-board cameras for the past seven years. The information head coach Rulo gets from analyzing these video clips with the sailors, is what gives them later the extra edge when handling their boat on the start line, timing their hiking to waves upwind, rounding a mark in a crowd, surfing down a wave downwind, and all those little things a  that add up to be the big difference on the race course. “There are body movements and in-boat habits, that can not be detected from a video camera  on the coach boat” says Coach Rulo.

Sailors think they had a perfect mark rounding but after watching the footage, see they were far from the mark, and came out of the rounding with boat heeling to windward instead of being flat. For good coaching and sailors improvement, the coach needs eyes in the boat.  But having an onboard camera is not easy as it seems. Over the years we tried 26 different cameras before frustration motivated Rulo to develop himself an onboard camera. Some cameras were too heavy, others fogged, in others the battery life was too short, some just stopped filming in the middle of a very important training session, in some the colors were not natural. Some cameras were very good but transferring the footage to the computer was complicated and slow. Rulo found solutions for all these issues, and now Sail Pro makes the onboard camera package he designed.

With a burly, waterproof aluminum shell the camera  has a double seal to keep the lens  fog free and condensation free. Even in the most humid conditions it still takes crystal clear HD video. The camera  auto saves and edits the files every 5 minutes. This allows users to easily access the segment of the video of their interest without having to watch the entire video. Files are both Pc and Mac compatible . The battery lasts over 2 hours. The camera super light weight at 88 grams (3.1 oz), which allows the sailor to sail naturally, as the boat handles just as it would without the camera.

We built our first camera post to hold the camera in place,  using a carbon tiller extension. What makes Sail Pro camera package so unique, is the custom made carbon rod that attaches easily to to the stern of the Laser hull, while other attachments are designed for the Optimist, Finn, 420 and 470.

Although the Camera is branded as Sail Pro, it can be used as video camera in other sports or events, when a small out of the way high quality HD camera is needed. Bikers and kiters love it on their helmets, handlebar, it fits easily on ski goggles and almost anywhere else.

Features:

  • HD 1280 x 720 crystal clear video.
  • Carbon fiberglass stern mounting devices for the  Laser® and Optimist.
  • Ultra light aluminum body (only 3.5 oz).
  • 170° Wide-angle lens.
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters.
  • One single button for easy operation, just click and record!
  • 32 GB Micro SD card supported. (NOT INCLUDED)

Tech specs.

  • Video resolution: HD 1280 x 720P
  • Video format: AVI
  • Frames per second: 30 FPS
  • Recording Angle: 170°
  • Photo resolution: 12 Megapixel (sequential every 2 sec)
  • Image format: JPEG
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Battery: 850 mAh rechargeable lithium
  • Battery life: Video recording – 2.45 Hours per battery
  • Battery charge time: 2.5~3 Hours
  • Memory: MicroSD up to 32 GB
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: Camera – 90 (L) x 30 (D) mm
  • Weight: Camera with battery and MicroSD card – 99g
  • HD 1280 x 720 crystal clear video.
  • Carbon fiberglass stern mounting devices for the  Laser® and Optimist.
  • Ultra light aluminum body (only 3.5 oz).
  • 170° Wide-angle lens.
  • Waterproof up to 10 meters.
  • One single button for easy operation, just click and record!
  • 32 GB Micro SD card supported. (NOT INCLUDED)

What is in the box?

  • Laser carbon stern mount
  • 360 Degree Mount for Handlebars/Vented Helmet
  • Strap Mount for Non-vented Helmet/Goggles
  • Camcorder Mount Adapter
  • Universal Mount Adapter
  • Adjustable Silicon Straps
  • Magic Tape
  • Battery
  • Hand Safety Strap
  • 3M Sticker 2 pieces
  • Charger
  • USB Cable
  • User Manual
  • Travel Case
  • Silicon Grease
  • Rubber O-ring