Vesper Marine’s Guardian AIS system was selected by Volvo Ocean Race organizers to mark course perimeters for its in-port races.
After Vesper Marine implemented a course perimeter system for spectators at America’s Cup competitions in San Francisco in 2013 and Bermuda in 2017, Volvo Ocean Race organizers approached the company for the same technology.
“We were delighted when Volvo Ocean Race organizers came to us,” said Vesper Marine CEO Jeff Robbins in a statement. “From our experience with the America’s Cup, we know that this solution makes viewing and managing the in-port races a whole lot safer. Our virtual AIS system cautions spectator boats, as well as race official boats, of the racecourse boundaries, helping them keep the course clear and improve safety. In addition to the in-port races and as an extra safety measure, the solution is being used for the start and finish of each transoceanic leg.”
Competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race travel 45,000 nautical miles around the world, touching six continents and stopping in 12 landmark cities. The in-port races are short, action-packed events used as tiebreakers in the final points tally.
Scheduled in the host cities, they have a huge spectator draw, from sailing enthusiasts to the local population, as each of the host cities has a rich sailing tradition, Vesper Marine said.
"We are always on the lookout for innovative solutions to make our race safer and more efficient. This exciting new partnership established with Vesper Marine will allow fans around the world to enjoy the in-port races from one of the best spectator seats in the house — on the water,” race control manager Gonzalo Infante said.