MarkSetBot: Enabling SailGP’s Precision Racing

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From Inspire to F50: How MarkSetBot Revolutionized SailGP Racecourses

Since 2019, MarkSetBot (MSB) has been a proud partner of SailGP, the pinnacle of sailboat racing. We started by providing our robotic buoys for the SailGP Inspire program, and then expanded to stadium boundary markers. In the 2023 season, we took things a step further, powering the official racecourse markers for the high-speed F50 hydrofoiling sailboats.

Listen in as Russell Coutts, SailGP CEO, talks about his experience with MarkSetBot

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 marks use GPS technology to hold position precisely, without the need for anchors.

This allows SailGP’s race committee to:
  • Set and precisely adjust courses quickly: responding to wind shifts and course changes, including for the stadium boundary Bots, in minutes.
  • Maintain a quality course: ensuring optimal racing conditions by keeping marks precisely positioned relative to the wind.
  • Focus on the race, not logistics: eliminating the time and manpower required for traditional mark-laying, which keeps race TV viewers from wandering off during long delays.

Sustainability Meets Performance:

MarkSetBot’s Green Advantage

SailGP is committed to sustainable racing practices. MSB aligns perfectly with this mission. Our robotic sailing marks are electric-powered, eliminating the environmental impact of fossil fuel burning mark-laying boats and seabed damaging anchors that sometimes get left behind.

Inspiring the Next Generation:

How MarkSetBot is Growing the Sport

MSB empowers race committees of all sizes to deliver high-quality racing experiences. This fosters a love of sailing in younger generations. Take Jeppe Krat, for example. He experienced MarkSetBot at SailGP Inspire and is now Denmark’s youngest certified Race Officer, inspired by the technology.

Jeppe says: “The ability to change the course in a few seconds with high precision is the most noticeable. Bots make it easier to lay out a good course and help deliver even better races for sailors.”

Unleash the Potential of Your Races

See how MarkSetBot works for SailGP

Experience the same precision, speed, and sustainability advantages trusted by SailGP. 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 SAP, TracTrac, NjordChartedSails, and Expedition, 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.
  • 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 SailGP-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 SailGP.