Originally from Wisconsin, Chris Miller grew up racing Lightnings, by profession he's a software developer and engineer whose resume includes stints at such powerhouses as Apple and AOL. He bought a 52-foot cruising boat and struck out across the Pacific in the early 2000s, eventually landing in New Zealand, where he bought an island home, started a family, and talked himself into a gig that combined his two passions sailing and technology in the sail-development program at Emirates Team New Zealand.
He bought himself a modified 2.4mR class keelboat, a one-man vessel commonly used by disabled sailors, that he calls Spin. His Sail Vision hardware and software can operate on Spin just as well as (the IACC yacht) NZL 92 because she has similarly shaped and marked sails. The Sail Vision program employs cameras in the rig to measure the depth, draft and twist of the mainsail to help trimmers optimize sail trim.
Miller has developed this technology and made it robotic during the time the America’s Cup was in flux. He also started Kinetic Scientific with Wayne Meretsky to develop and market high-end microprocessor-based electronics for the round-the-world Grand Prix race boats and superyachts.
Now as the electronics engineer for Emirates Team New Zealand, Miller has designed his technology to help ETNZ win the 2017 America’s Cup.
Join us on Sunday, July 16, 7 PM at the Sheboygan Yacht Club for a Q&A session with Chris Miller.