HYÈRES, France — World Sailing and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) are pleased to announce SAP as the official technology partner.
Over the next four years, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) will bring its cutting-edge, innovative solutions to World Sailing’s World Cup Series of events. SAP will transform the events by improving performance on the water, reinventing the fan experience on the shoreline and at home, simplifying operations for sailors and coaches and supplying media with information and insights to deliver a more informed commentary.
“The announcement of our partnership with SAP marks the start of an exciting new era for World Sailing,” commented Kim Andersen, president, World Sailing. “There is a unique relationship between sport, technology and nature in sailing as they all work together in powerful harmony. With SAP, we have an innovative technology partner who reflects this positioning and matches our ambitions to inspire millions more people to fall in love with sailing.”
SAP is providing World Sailing with SAP Sailing Analytics software and the SAP Sailing Race Manager mobile app across all classes at the Sailing World Cup series of events. The technology has been used at the recent Sailing World Cup series event in Hyères, France, which includes all 10 Olympic classes, kiteboarding and the Para World Sailing keelboat. For the first time, fans, broadcasters and media will have access to these solutions to follow the competition from anywhere in the world at any time.
Every boat at the Sailing World Cup series events will carry a tracking device and data will feed in directly from the water, bringing followers real-time tracking, live leader boards and race information from multiple areas. Wind sensors will be placed around the racing areas, providing immediate updates on the sailing conditions the world’s leading sailors are competing in.
SAP Sailing Analytics enables users to dive deep into the data from every race tracked. Sailors and coaches will be able to benefit from key analytics such as maneuvers made, distances sailed and winning lanes to analyze and understand their performance. This information will prove invaluable as competitors can assess their performance against their rivals to enhance the competition on the water.
Across the 10 Olympic classes at Sailing World Cup series events, upwards of 25 races are contested each day with the competition governed by the world’s best international race officials managing race protocol on and off the water. To support them in their work, SAP will provide the SAP Sailing Race Manager mobile app to deliver greater efficiency and control to race organizers by automating and simplifying their manual tasks and communication during running sailing events.
Andy Hunt, CEO, World Sailing, added, “SAP continues to research and develop new solutions that bring worldwide spectators much closer to the action than ever before. We’re looking forward to growing the partnership and innovating in unison over the coming years in the best interests of the sport.”
Dr. Stefan Lacher, head, Sponsorship Innovations, SAP, said, “It is very exciting for us to be able to share our experience in providing data analytics to an organization such as World Sailing. With one of the largest individual gatherings of classes in the world, we look forward to opening up the intricacies of the sport at this level over the next years. We will apply our data analytics and insights to further enhance the enjoyment of the sport for fans, sailors and officials. The partnership will also offer a unique test bed for future innovations.”
About World Sailing
World Sailing is the world governing body for the sport of sailing, officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Founded in 1907, World Sailing’s vision is for a world in which millions more people fall in love with sailing. Inspired by the unique relationship between sport, technology and the forces of nature, it works to protect the waters of the world. World Sailing is made up of 145 Member National Authorities, the national governing bodies for sailing around the world and 114 World Sailing Class Associations.
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