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Irish Sailing League – Pioneering Robotic Marks

The Irish Sailing League’s inaugural event is due to kick off next weekend the 20th and 21st of April and its shaping up to be one super kick-off event!

We now have an entry list of 10 teams signed and paid up including;

  1. Howth Yacht Club

  2. Courttown Sailing Club 

  3. Kinsale Yacht Club

  4. Royal Irish Yacht Club (2 teams)

  5. Irish National Sailing Club 

  6. Royal st George Yacht Club

  7. Wicklow Sailing Club

  8. Royal Cork Yacht Club 

  9. Irish Sailing Association

Entries are closing on Monday at mid-day, why, well we need time to perfect the last pieces of the jigsaw puzzle, so far everything is slotting into place.  We can run to a maximum of 16 teams with an ideal number of 14 teams in total.  With 14 teams sailing, we will be looking at over 21 races per day.  Racing is short and sharp and lots of changeovers and short sharp racing 

The Royal Irish Yacht Club has joined us as event partners who will be providing their committee boat and the facilities of the club for post racing refreshments, food and of course the prizegiving.  

Team bibs have been ordered so we can identify sailors as there will be team changeovers throughout the day.

As a first for any sailing event in Ireland we will be using Robotic Marks for our racing in Dun Laoghaire.

Robotic Marks are controlled by an app on a smartphone and have many advantages.  Described as a “potential game changer” for regattas by both race officials and competitors, robot racing mark tech is set to change the course of race management forever.  RS Sailing deployed battery-powered robotic marks at the RS21 UK Nationals in Lymington in August, and the report back was glowing “the robotic marks performed flawlessly, even after a full day of racing, batteries were still at an impressive.”


Robotic racing marks sit on their GPS coordinates, using a combination of GPS, sensor tech and innovative software to measure any movement from the original mark. The software auto-corrects the GPS when there’s deviation in the signal, which is what enables it’s highly precise movements. Great for positioning and speedy course adjustments.

With the best will in the world traditional buoys can get caught on the seabed, damaging vegetation, and endangering marine wildlife. With no lines or anchor, the robot racing marks are a cleaner alternative, quieter underwater and their battery power ensures long-lasting, reliable propulsion. With fewer race-assist boats managing the course you can cut down on fuel consumption too.

Sometimes it can take up to 40 minutes to re-lay the marks for the next race, that’s a lot of waiting around, but with the new technology you simply adjust the coordinates via the tablet and hey presto – the marks manoeuvre on command.

Reducing set-up time between races will be a big win for televised events where the accuracy of race start times are super-critical.

As always, to enter, pop online here for the Notice of Race and entry link.

If you are looking to enter a team and you have any questions, never hesitate to contact Kenny,

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