MarkSetBot: Enabling 44Cup Precision Racing

On Your Mark, Set, 44Cup


RC44 Series One-Design Yacht Racing: How MarkSetBot Revolutionized 44Cup Mark Setting

The 44Cup is a key series in international yacht racing, where amateur owner/drivers can race high-performance, one-design yachts against some of the world’s best sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful and diverse sailing venues. Making the 44Cup an amazing level sailing field for all racers. MarkSetBot is thrilled to bring our race course tech to this exhilarating, one-design circuit.

Maria Torrijo

Watch and listen to 44Cup PRO, Maria Torrijo, as she runs MarkSetBots through their tests.

“MarkSetBot has added a lot of quality to the racing,” says Maria. “We don’t need to wait when we have a big wind shift as the marks can now be moved very efficiently, which ensures the competitors aren’t waiting a long time for the racing. Sometimes, when the water is very deep, the mark layers need a lot of time to reset the course. But, with the robotic marks, it can be done very quickly. This makes it easier to get a higher degree of accuracy, and so the quality of the racing is much higher.”

Bot at 44Cup

Meeting the Demanding 44Cup Schedule

With three to four races per day over a four-day regatta, the 44Cup has more racing each season than any other owner-driven racing circuit. Venues across the globe are chosen for their excellent sailing conditions and racecourses that are often demanding of the helm. It’s a five-stop international racing tour co-designed by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justen. MarkSetBot helps keep all those races in the different venues operating smoothly by providing precision marks that can quickly adjust, should conditions change.

Faster Course Changes,
Higher Quality Racing

Traditional methods of setting racecourses involve multiple mark-laying boats, anchors, and a significant amount of time. MarkSetBot robotic buoys eliminate this complexity.  Our self-propelled buoys use GPS technology to hold position precisely, without the need for anchors.

This allows 44Cup’s race committee to:
  • Set and precisely adjust courses quickly: responding to wind shifts and course changes in minutes.
  • Accomplish course settings and changes involving the boundary bots with precision in minutes.
  • Use fewer human resources to put on the race, greatly reducing the number of race committee and on the water support personnel needed.

Sustainability Meets Performance:

MarkSetBot’s Green Advantage

MSB helps every race have a more sustainable footprint. Our robotic buoys are electric-powered and require no anchors to stay in place, eliminating the environmental impact of fossil fuel burning mark-laying boats and seabed damaging anchors that sometimes get left behind. We are a Sailors for the Sea best practice, which helps you achieve Clean Regatta status.

Unleash the Potential of Your Races

See How MarkSetBot Works for the 44Cup

As PRO Maria Torrijo said, MarkSetBot helps the 44Cup accomplish high quality racing. No matter what sort of boat you campaign, from Optis to Lasers, Lightnings to Melges, and JBoats, including their big boat classes, you benefit from MSB innovations related to the RC44 elite class. Experience the same precision, speed, and sustainability advantages trusted by 44Cup.

MarkSetBot offers a range of features to elevate your race management, including:

  • Highly visible marks: Ensure clear visibility for all competitors and sponsor recognition too.
  • Quick and easy course changes: Respond to wind shifts and other factors effortlessly.
  • Wind reporting including trend mapping: Gain valuable insights into wind conditions for informed race management with weather radar and forecasting tools.
  • Bot Track Playback: Track the exact movements of your MarkSetBots throughout the day. Replay race history from the last 24 hours and visualize each bot’s movements using their data. (Learn more about this new feature).

Experience the Latest Technology with MarkSetBot

By being involved with elite classes and delivering on high-quality racing technology, we get constant input from expert sailors, PROs and race judges. We are always innovating our products to do what they need. As a technology-first company, we are committed to continuous improvement and have launched more than 400 features and updates in our app. And we’re on our way to creating a fully autonomous/AI racecourse!

Ready to bring world-class racecourse technology to your club?

Imagine the benefits of 44Cup-style race management at your events. MarkSetBot makes it possible. Contact us today to learn more about how MSB can help you deliver exceptional racing experiences, just like the 44Cup.