Improvements to a sailing VR simulator environment for assessing and improving helm performance

Spenkuch, Thomas, Turnock, Stephen, Scarponi, Matteo and Shenoi, Ajit (2008) Improvements to a sailing VR simulator environment for assessing and improving helm performance. In, Estivalet, Margaret and Brisson, Pierre (eds.) The Engineering of Sport 7. 7th ISEA Conference 2007 , Springer, 65-76.


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The sailing simulator ‘Robo-Race’ is used to examine the effect on sailor performance of enhancing the realism of the simulation. For this purpose, the following two human interface device/display environments were evaluated. Firstly, a Basic Display Environment (BDE) which consists of two screens in conjunction with a joystick. Secondly the Advanced Display Environment (ADE) that consists of three projectors with an additional screen and a steering (or helm) wheel as interface device. A number of sailors who were divided according to their sailing skills and their experience with computer game interface devices had to deal with seven upwind races against two computer controlled America’s Cup Class (ACC) yachts. The experiment shows that the combination of BDE/joystick limits their natural sailing behaviour. However, the combination of ADE/steering wheel significantly improved the sailors’ efficiency. The ADE setup has been shown to enhance the realism of the simulation and allowed the sailors’ to race opponents in a more realistic manner

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings volume of the ISEA 2007
ISBNs: 9782287990557 (hardback)
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Keywords: sailing/water sports, performance sports, virtual reality, computer application in sports
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
T Technology > TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 52415
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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