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SailGP powered by wind and Oracle Cloud

by SailGP Communications 10 Feb 2019 08:09 PST
Australia's SailGP Team testing their F50 on Sydney Harbour for the first time © Beau Outteridge

SailGP, the new global championship debuting next week featuring the world's fastest race boats, will rely on Oracle Cloud to deliver real-time data to racing teams and fans alike. The information derived from 1,200 sensors placed on the supercharged F50 catamarans and the athletes, plus onboard cameras and microphones, will bring viewers closer to the action, help teams analyze their performance and give remote umpires the details they need to make calls with confidence.

Taking advantage of Oracle Cloud's security and unmatched performance, approximately 20 megabytes of information-rich data will be streamed to SailGP's onshore base from each of the six boats and be made available to teams, fans and umpires within 200 milliseconds.

Coaches will analyze the data to monitor the teams' health and performance to inform strategic and tactical decisions throughout the race. The F50s are a one-design class, so each national team competes on an identical boat. Therefore, races will be decided by the skill and performance of the crew. Any improvements teams can make based on the data could be the difference between winning and losing each race, or the final prize of $1 million, decided in a winner-takes-all final race.

Making Waves with a Better Fan Experience

With a wealth of race data and information at their fingertips via a mobile app, fans around the world will feel closer than ever to the teams. Not only will they be able to listen to crew interactions and tactical calls, they can also select teams to follow more closely, receiving key performance data from the boats and crew.

Broadcasters will also benefit from the data. Enhanced on-screen graphics, analytics and video will provide the most fan-friendly and informative race broadcast the sport has ever produced, enabling spectators to gain a greater understanding of the sport and appreciation of the skill of the crews.

"With SailGP, we really want to push the boundary of what is possible in the sport and create a dramatic live spectacle both on and off the water," said SailGP CEO Russell Coutts. "Oracle's infrastructure, data management, analytics and security make it the perfect partner to deliver this vision, and we can't wait to see how the data will enhance the sport for fans, teams and race management."

"SailGP is the future of sailing," said Judy Sim, Oracle senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "With Oracle Cloud instantly delivering data and information to viewers, teams and race management, the fan experience will be unrivaled, and the competition will be fierce."

Broadcast and streaming details will be announced shortly, along with the launch of the app. Sydney SailGP kicks off on February 15. Tickets for a variety of exclusive spectator experiences are available at SailGP.com/Sydney.

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