Sensitive sails demand state of the art cooling

Trifork, a software development company with over 1,000 employees in 12 countries, has just taken delivery of one of our Star Cool Integrated reefers in Aarhus, Denmark.

You might ask why a software firm needs a reefer. It’s a good question. The answer? Well, when Trifork aren’t developing innovative software solutions, they like to sail. And we don’t mean taking a small dinghy out for a tour around the bay.

Temperature controlled sails

No, Trifork sails the 21.5 m long L4 racing yacht, one of the fastest sail boats in the world.

She is a previous winner of the renowned Volvo Ocean Race. The L4 competes in races around the world.

To perform at such a level, she uses high-tech sails. Their refined design means they must be temperature controlled when not in use. Which answers the question of why a software firm needs a reefer – and where MCI comes into the picture.

Constant monitoring

We’ve supplied them with our Star Cool reefer. It delivers unbroken climate control to preserve the sails during storage and transport. We’ve equipped the reefer with our Sekstant solution. Sekstant provides continuous monitoring and location data. If there is an issue with the temperature in the reefer that could affect the sails, Sekstant will alert operators to the situation.

''Our sails are our most important asset, they are best stored at 18-20° Celsius and around 50% relative humidity. The delicacy of our sails is why we decided to apply state-of-the-art cooling capacity, control, and monitoring.

- Jens Dolmer, Prof. Sailor and Skipper VOR 70 L4/Trifork

State-of-the-art cooling

For Jens Dolmer, captain of the Trifork L4, the Star Cool reefer together with Sekstant provides valuable reassurance.

“Our sails are our most important asset, they are best stored at 18-20° Celsius and around 50% relative humidity. The delicacy of our sails is why we decided to apply state-of-the-art cooling capacity, control, and monitoring,” he said.

L4 racing boat facts

Overall length: 21.5 m
Beam: 5.69 m
Draft: 4.5 m
Displacement: 14 T
Up W Sail Area: 305.61 m2
Down W Sail Area: 542.56 m2
Year of Launch: 2008

Designed by Juan Yacht Design, Spain