We’re proud to be a part of the 44 Cup, providing our robotic mark technology to the series. MarkSetBot joined the series in 2022 and we love bringing our race course tech to this exhilerating, one design circuit.
The 2023 season kicked off in Oman in March, and regattas in Marstrand in June, Cowes in August, and Gibraltar in October followed, with the season wrapping in late November in the Canary Islands.
“[MarkSetBot] has added a lot of quality to the racing,” said RC44 Cup PRO and International Judge Maria Torrijo. “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.”
Check out the video below to see these amazing boats in action!
About the 44Cup
Since its launch in 2007, the RC44 Championship Tour has established itself as a key series to compete on in the international yacht racing scene. Fast forward 13 years, the class goes from strength to strength with new venues introduced on the calendar and new teams joining the fleet. The defining spirit of the 44Cup brings together the worlds of sailing and business, allowing amateur owner drivers to race high-performance one-design yachts against some of the world’s best sailors, competing in some of the most beautiful and diverse sailing venues around the world.
Co-designed by five-time America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts with naval architect Andrej Justin, the RC44 boats are strictly identical in terms of construction, shape of hull, appendages and weight/weight distribution, as well as a 50-50 split between amateurs and professionals in each eight-person crew.