Bohndell Sails are one of our most recent customers, having decided to purchase AzureProject this spring.
We asked the loft owner, Robin Chace-Payson, for her feedback on her early experience with AzureProject, and she was kind enough to get back to us:
“We chose to move to AzureProject because we upgraded our plotter software as well as our sail design computer, so it seemed natural to also upgrade our design program.
A major selling point was the optional gaff sail design module, since up until now we have needed to do a floor lay out for gaff rig designs.
Our staff was initially a bit intimidated with all the new features that AzureProject offers, but with lots of help from the SMAR Azure team, we are up and running. The interface is set up in a logical manner that helps guide you through the different parts of sail design, plus the assistance from Francesco and Donald has made our purchase more than worthwhile for our company. Not only did these guys provide helpful feedback on our sail designs and teach us how to use the program, but their kindness was much appreciated. We’ve struggled to bridge the gap between ourselves as sailmakers and the software developers of other programs in the past, so their excellent customer service has been a great benefit.
The communication between our loft in Maine, USA and the SMAR Azure team in Europe has been quick and efficient via Skype and email. We are very pleased with our decision to have purchased AzureProject and look forward to learning more about this program as time moves forward.”
We want to wish you all our customers a very happy and relaxing Easter, but for those of you who will be busy making sails, keep in mind we’re still available if you need help, even during the holidays! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are immensely proud that the winning boat of the Barcolana had our sails, designed with AzureProject”, says Renzo Sorci, designer at Olimpic Sails and AzureProject user for more than a decade.
He continues: “The Barcolana is not only a regatta, it involves the whole city of Trieste for about ten days, an event joined by 300 thousand people with boats coming from many different countries. Being chosen by the defender ‘Spirit of Portopiccolo’, who represented the city of Trieste, has been a huge responsibility and honour.”
For Portopiccolo we created a Code 0, which was hoisted just 4 minutes after the start of the race and proved to be the winning move, as mentioned by the crew at the end of the race. Since the start, Spirit of Portopiccolo increased the lead and rounded the first mark 52 seconds ahead, completing the course in record pace after 57 minutes.
“Winning that historical event made us very proud and happy”, says Renzo.
2018 has been another busy year at SMAR Azure, but we are pleased to have achieved all our targets!
Here’s a quick summary:
Our company, SMAR Azure, won the “Best Business in Edinburgh” at the Scottish SME Business Awards.
We have released 7 new versions of AzureProject: the integrated sail design and optimisation software. As usual, we put a lot of effort in improving features related to production. Major improvements were made on the mitre cuts and the fibre layout tool.
We have also released new versions of RigEdge – the unique rig design software, which now includes sailing load analysis for very complex rigs.
We had not only a successful 2018, but also a truly interesting user-group meeting at METS – we are
already focused on the next developments! Here are just some of the features we’re planning for early
Negative Tack Heights – to facilitate design for decksweeper style sails.
Design and attachment to the rig for top sails, and gaff top sail in particular.
Adding design of patches for batten ends, as simple triangles, or rounded shapes.
… and many more… keep following us for updating news!