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New SAP analytics app for club sailors and pros

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SAP have launched a new mobile app which will give clubs, sailors, coaches and fans access to the tracking and analysis data the professionals use.

Sail Insight, a new mobile app designed for the global sailing community, allows users to create, track and manage their own races and provides live data and analytics to improve performance and training. The app is available for download on iOS and Google Play and has been endorsed by World Sailing, the world’s governing body for the sport of sailing. 

“We use SAP sailing analytics in our training and racing," said Peter Burling, who has won Olympic gold and six world 49er titles with Blair Tuke. "The Sail Insight app is built on the same technology, so weekend sailors and club racers can get much of the same data, insights and analysis as the professionals."

Tuke added: “As any sailor knows, the post-race analysis is as critical as the action on the water. The SAP Sail Insight app will give user-friendly data so sailors can see where they lost and gained and the options their rivals took at crucial points in the race. It could settle quite a number of clubroom disputes.”

Previously most clubs and individuals couldn’t afford to track and analyse live sailing, but Sail Insights is free for the rest of the year and will allow users to test all features, create a sailor profile, participate in regattas, conduct self-tracking, share results and send invitations on social media. In 2021, the app will shift to offer both free access and a subscription-based model, which will unlock additional features.

Sail Insight can be used at thousands of regattas and training races around the world to benefit various sailing audiences and the sport overall. Clubs and race organisers can create their own races and provide live tracking for teams, participants and fans.

Sailors can access live leaderboards and live race performance data. Coaches can base their tips and instructions on training and in-race tracking analytics, and fans can use their own devices to follow sailors and teams during races.

The app provides live data and analytics beyond professional one-design racing into other forms of sailing including big-boat formula, performance cruiser and club regattas. Users for the first time can access live leaderboards and handicap racing leader boards for live predictive handicap scoring. When clubs, sailors or coaches set up races from the app, they also can share a link with other participants and fans to follow along.

The app utilises SAP® Sailing Analytics, the world’s largest and most robust sailing database. It provides insights and transparency using cloud and in-memory technology, processing GPS and wind measurement data in real time. 

“Since 2011, SAP has been a trusted partner and innovation leader across the sport of sailing, creating solutions that improve performance for sailors, teams and race organisers while also growing fan interest and participation,” SAP chief technology officer and executive board member Juergen Mueller said. “The new app leverages the power of our sailing analytics database to create a mobile app that allows members of the sailing community to access data and information to help improve performance and enhance their race and event experience.”