SAP and the 505s
SAP has a long-standing relationship with the 5O5 class and has been a title sponsor of the SAP 5O5 World Championship in San Francisco (2009), Aarhus (2010), Hamilton Island (2011), and La Rochelle (2012). Throughout the partnership, SAP has developed solutions to help competing skippers, crews, spectators, and online fans follow the race and get live information about what was happening on the water.
Advancing the 505 World Championship
Last year in La Rochelle, SAP helped the 5O5 World Championship run better by enhancing the largest regatta that the 5O5 Class has ever seen for sailors, the media and fans – both onsite and online.
Daily sailor debriefs in the SAP Sailor Lounge allowed sailors to analyze their race performance and sailing strategy in relaxed surroundings with the help of SAP experts. We integrated GPS tracking with wind measurements and current analysis, as well as a variety of other factors, to provide sailors with a detailed overview of their race progress and show areas in which they could improve for subsequent races. SAP Analytics were also available on-demand after the races, to provide sailors with another opportunity to review their performance in detail and see how they compared with the rest of the 188 teams in the fleet.
In addition, SAP further enhanced the regatta for the 5O5 Race Committee, broadcasters, and fans through the provision of the SAP Race Committee App. The mobile SAP Race Committee app simplifies the communication between the race committee, spectators and other interested parties. With just a few simple clicks, the committee can schedule races, communicate the start and end of races, record start violations and update the status of each race on a publicly available website.
SAP’s online live center provided fans with a vast array of functionality including a live stream, live commentary and live race visualisations in both 2D and 3D, as well as a live chat feature and social media hub, giving fans access to the race action in real-time like never before. Post-race, SAP also made race-replays and visualisations available keeping sailors and fans updated on all of the regatta action to date.
As title sponsor of the 2013 SAP 5O5 World Championship in Barbados, SAP aims to tell the story of its commitment to technology and innovation, as well as provide the audience with engaging, relevant, and essential coverage of the regatta.