The idea for driRun was born after many years developing race winning, performance prediction and sailing simulation technology for America’s Cup teams.
On October 16th 2012 the twenty million dollar Oracle Team USA catamaran capsized on San Francisco Bay and was destroyed. During the four month rebuilding of the boat the sailors were docked, leaving their sports program in jeopardy and the development program with many unanswered questions.
This forced layoff painfully illustrated that the world of high performance sailing has become incredibly dependent on empirical testing and full scale prototyping which can be dangerous, expensive and in-efficient.
After successfully defending the 2013 America’s Cup and inspired by the extensive use of simulators in aviation and motorsport, eb1′s team built driRun – the world’s first professional grade virtual, sailing simulator. Now there is safe and efficient platform for sailor’s and engineers to push the performance envelope. Through better communication & collaboration we innovate & gain the winning edge.