RaceSense builds on the powerful hardware inside every Atlas 2 to change the way sailors race. It can instantly create a race for you and your friends on a virtual course that requires zero setup, or augment race committee to help run a world championship regatta. Say goodbye to general recalls and black flag starts thanks to centimeter-accurate, fully automatic OCS calls at the start line. Optional boundaries and penalties help keep boats close, and scoring is built right in, so you'll know how you did the moment you cross the finish line. All this, coming soon to a racecourse near you.
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A new way to race.
Get ready for an unmatched experience at your next regatta, or race any time with just a touch of a button. RaceSense is a powerful, patent-pending technology that creates a virtual racecourse and shares it wirelessly with other nearby sailors. It runs the start, enforces penalties, boundaries, gates, and scores the finish.
Whether you're racing with 3 boats or 100, RaceSense makes racing easier, fairer, and more fun.
Starting, the way it should be.
At the start, RaceSense combines state-of-the-art technology with good old-fashioned sailing. Depending on the RaceSense mode you are in, you can see and hear the boats around you on the water—and live on the Atlas 2 display as well. The position of the line is transmitted automatically: pinging is a thing of the past.
Count down the time and distance. Nail the start, and you’re in control. Miss it, and RaceSense can automatically call you OCS and enforce a time/distance penalty. You’re not out of the game, but you’ve got work to do!
Penalties built in
Not only is the racing high-tech, so is penalty enforcement. When penalties are enabled in RaceSense, the Atlas 2 calculates the penalty automatically and has the offending boat slow down until it is cleared.
When racing with course boundaries, the Atlas 2 will give you plenty of warning as you approach the boundary. If you cross the line and the lights go red—clear your penalty before continuing the race!
Finish and Share
With RaceSense, no one has to sight down the line and try to call a tight finish. The highly accurate L1+L5 GNSS in the Atlas 2 calculates the precise moment each boat crosses the line, and RaceSense scores them automatically.
You’ll know exactly how you did the moment you finish, thanks to a live results page that updates automatically as everyone else is scored behind you.
Live tracking? Naturally.
RaceSense delivers a game changing experience for sailors, event organizers, classes, and spectators. It can reduce the number of volunteers needed to run an event, allowing more people to participate. Start an instant race any time the conditions are right. Run a grand prix level regatta at your local sailing club, and enable live spectating, from shore or halfway around the world.
RaceSense is the future of racing.
Questions? We've got answers.
How accurate is RaceSense?
RaceSense is capable of making OCS calls accurate to 50 cm, with development underway to improve this further.
What do I need on my boat to participate in a RaceSense event?
An Atlas 2.
What if I don’t have an Atlas 2? Can I rent one?
Yes! Select RaceSense events will have rental units available. That said, we think the Atlas 2 is the best sailing instrument on the water. Whether you’re sailing a traditional regatta, a RaceSense event, or just out for fun, nothing else comes close!
Other GPS instruments are only accurate to 2-3 m? How is the Atlas 2 more accurate?
The Atlas 2 has state-of-the-art L1+L5 25 Hz GNSS. Working in combination with other sensors in the Atlas, the dual-band GNSS provides unmatched accuracy on the water.
What equipment does race committee need to run a RaceSense event?
We designed RaceSense to be easy to use, for both sailors and organizers. Race committee will install an Atlas 2 on each end of the starting line, to measure and broadcast the live position of the line to the fleet. A tablet running the Vakaros Race Control app onboard race committee allows the PRO to run starts, view OCS boats, start race timers, and more.
How large of an event can RaceSense handle?
RaceSense is designed for fleets of over 100 boats. If you’re running a large event, please get in touch to discuss how we can best support you.
Do I need to do anything to make my Atlas 2 RaceSense ready?
When you arrive at a RaceSense event, you’ll bring your Atlas 2 to check-in or measurement on the first day. An event volunteer will scan your device, make sure the software is up-to-date, and link it with your registration. From there, all you have to do is remember to turn the instrument on, and RaceSense will do the rest!
Will this work with other types of sailing instruments?
RaceSense only works with the Atlas 2. In fact, the Atlas 2 was designed from the ground up for RaceSense and caries special hardware just to support it. RaceSense requires accuracy beyond what other instruments are capable of.
What if I’m reaching down the line? Will RaceSense call me over?
RaceSense uses the shape of the boat to make OCS calls, and will call any part of the hull over the line no matter which direction you're sailing. This is made possible by the combination of the highly accurate magnetic compass and L1+L5 GNSS inside the Atlas 2--the system knows where the boat is and how it's oriented to the line.
What happens if I forget to bring my Atlas 2 to the racecourse?
We recommend being #AtlasEquipped everywhere you go. Additionally, at most RaceSense events, race committee will have a few spare units available should you misplace yours.
What does RaceSense cost?
Pricing will be available soon. Our goal is for RaceSense to be affordable for any fleet or event.
Get involved with the future of racing.
We’re incredibly excited about the future of sailing and racing with RaceSense. We designed the Atlas 2 from the ground up to support it. From the state-of-the-art sensors, LEDs and sound, to the long range wireless mesh networking, the future of racing is here.
Be the first to try RaceSense by ordering an Atlas 2 today. If you want to sail in a regatta powered by RaceSense, get in touch with your event organizers or PROs and let them know. We’re partnering with events to run better regattas. Get onboard today.