SAN FRANCISCO – February 12, 2019 – SailGP today released a next generation mobile application as advanced as the supercharged F50 boats taking flight this week on Sydney Harbour. Fans will be in full control of the way they consume the world’s fastest on-water racing, with the ability to personalize the boats, camera angles and data that feature in their feeds.
With instant access to more than 1,200 data points from the fastest and most technologically advanced race boats and the world-class athletes who pilot them, fans will have unprecedented insight into the revolutionary new sailing league.
The SailGP APP allows fans to choose what to watch and which boat to follow, bringing them closer to the sport than ever before. They will be able to view live data and video (subject to regional restrictions), track performance, compare athletes, change viewing angles, zoom in on the action and watch replays. The unique split screen feature enables the viewer to compare two teams side by side, and delve into the detail of what makes the unique super boats fly.
“We really wanted to challenge ourselves with how we present the content and data coming off the boats and show it in a way that truly enhances the fan experience and allows them to be as much a part of the racing as possible,” said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. “This is the first time the data and live streams are available to everyone – fans, teams, broadcasters, coaches and race management – and we really hope it will attract new people to the sport, educate emerging fans and generally make SailGP interesting for a wide range of people.”
Three customizable modes are designed to cater to all levels of knowledge of the sport, from emerging fans to sailing aficionados. The standard view is focused on visuals streaming in live from 11 feeds via helicopter, drone, and on-water and onboard cameras, displayed alongside key race statistics. Tips are offered to assist users in understanding the terminology and relevance of the data.
Meanwhile, the advanced view allows users to hone in on precise technical data from the boat. In this setting, rudder angle, ride time, ride height, pitch and roll can all be viewed to allow fans to get under the hood of the supercharged F50 and see what it takes to perform at the highest level.
Finally, in the split screen view, data can be viewed and compared for two teams simultaneously. Users will get a clear indication of what is happening onboard during racing and what factors are contributing to performance. The split screen feature will be particularly relevant for the season finale, in which the year’s two highest ranked boats will go head-to-head in a $1 million winner-takes-all match race.
The app includes a ‘no spoilers’ setting for globally fans consuming the content on a delayed basis.
The SailGP APP is available on all Apple iOS devices via the App Store. An Android version will be available later in the season.
For information on the countdown to Sydney SailGP, visit SailGP.com/Sydney.
SailGP is sailing redefined. Established in 2018 and headquartered in London and San Francisco, SailGP is an annual, global sports championship featuring bold, cutting-edge technology and awe-inspiring athleticism. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place in some of the most iconic harbors around the globe and culminates with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race. Rival national teams from Australia, China, France, Great Britain, Japan and the United States battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 50 knots (nearly 60 mph/100 kph). Visit SailGP.com for more information.
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