by Dom Wiseman

A brand-new range of vertical wind sensors from global leader in the design and manufacture of sailing electronics, B&G, has been released for racing yachts and cruising yachts.

The B&G WS700 wind sensor has been created with accuracy and reliability at the forefront of the design. The sensor is the most accurate and reliable available on the market.

Over 500 hours of wind tunnel testing and more than 200,000 hours on the water, the sensor design has been further enhanced following this comprehensive testing under a variety of diverse conditions.

Mounted on a carbon spar of four different lengths, between 0.8 – 1.8 m, that elevates the sensor above sail-plan disturbances, the WS700 is able to provide incredibly accurate wind data. With wind speed and angle data crucial for racers and solo offshore sailors, the sensor allows precise wind input data for the autopilot, permitting the best steer-to-wind performance. The new electronics at the core of the sensor, measure wind angle and speed with an error rate under ±0.5° for wind direction and ±0.2 for wind speed.

The aerodynamic design of the WS700 allows for smooth airflow and reduces the effect of turbulence around the body in order to maintain data accuracy. The shape of the vane has been redesigned from previous models to provide improved stability. The vane is mounted into the top and not attached to the wind sensor with a screw, like previous models. With its new one-piece design, the new WS700 sensor provides superior balance, excellent aerodynamics and an impressive improvement in shock loads, keeping the flow steady and turbulence-free.

Matt Eeles, project lead for the WS700 at B&G said, “the WS700 is the result of continual product improvement and strenuous testing to produce the most accurate and reliable wind sensor for our performance customers.”

The WS700 wind sensor is compatible with NMEA 2000 networks via an interface (optional), H5000 and WTP systems.