MarkSetBot: Enabling the America’s Cup Precision Stadium

On Your Mark, Set, America’s Cup


The Pinnacle of Yacht Racing: How MarkSetBot Revolutionized America’s Cup Stadium Boundary Marks

Every four years, teams compete for the America’s Cup, the oldest continually contested international sporting trophy in yachts that represent the cutting edge of yacht design and technology. MarkSetBot (MSB) is proud to provide the Cup with the cutting-edge of mark-setting technology.

Americas Cup course setting

One Touch Course Changes

MarkSetBot custom-developed software for the America’s Cup 30 stadium boundary marks to change position all-at-once, with a single touch of the MSB app screen. Our software is built to receive the mark coordinates, race area, and exclusion zone from their Regatta Management System. It is all done quickly and efficiently with no manual entries.

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 complexityOur self-propelled buoys use GPS technology to hold position precisely, without the need for anchors.

This gives the America’s Cup‘s race committee these advantages:
  • Whenever the course changes, the stadium boundary bots, which keep the spectators out of danger, are changed quickly without any back-breaking anchor pulling.
  • The quick boundary changes mean less downtime, which ensures that TV viewers don’t lose interest waiting for traditional mark layers taking a lot of time to manually move the marks.
  • Course settings and changes involving the stadium boundary bots can now be accomplished with precision in minutes.
  • It takes fewer human resources to put on the race, greatly reducing the number of race committee and on the water support personnel needed. 
Rob Andrews

MarkSetBot has worked with the America’s Cup top-level race committee team for years.

It’s a list that includes Iain Murray, Mel Roberts, and Rob Andrews. Here’s what Rob had to say about using MarkSetBot:

“MarkSetBot was definitely an enhancement to course operations. We were able to adjust the stadium footprint as the racecourse changed with the wind, keeping spectator boats as close as possible to the action. It was also wonderful having [MarkSetBot] founder Kevin Morin on race operations, as he was able to develop new features in real-time to simplify management.” 

Sustainability Meets Performance:

MarkSetBot’s Green Advantage

America’s Cup is committed to sustainable racing practices. MSB aligns perfectly with this mission. Our robotic buoys are electric-powered, 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 America’s Cup

Experience the same precision, speed, and sustainability advantages trusted by America’s Cup. 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).
  • Seamless software integration: Works with popular sailing software including, TracTrac, ChartedSails, Expedition, Njord, Sailflow, Windycator, and SAP, for a unified experience.
  • Fully integrated systems: With wind instrumentation, horn system, 360º video, AIS transponder, boat trackers, OCS detection, weather radar and depth charts from companies like: Airmar, BuoyZone, GeoRacing, Sailbot, Sailmon, TracTrac, Vakaros, and Velocitek.
  • User-friendly mobile app: Need fewer volunteers with remote bot settings controlled by one person through our app (available in Android, IOS and Microsoft platforms).

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 America’s Cup-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 America’s Cup.