The Story of Virtual Eye Sailing

The Virtual Eye sailing system (developed since 1992) has become a turnkey solution for sailing events worldwide. Virtual Eye, often only associated with the Americas Cup and the Volvo Ocean race, has evolved into an easily deployable system at any event. Some of these include the Audi MedCup and world tour events like the Monsoon Cup, the Korea Cup and the Louis Vuitton Trophy Series.

What Virtual Eye Shows

The Virtual Eye sailing system gives people with or without an understanding of sailing an opportunity to truly experience every moment of a race. Virtual Eye can show an entire race course, including marks, laylines, advantage lines and distances between the boats. Virtual Eye also displays timing information from starts, mark rounding and finishes. All of this information is available in real-time for immediate review and post-race analysis.

GPS and Data Network

Working with Igtimi Ltd. we have developed a highly accurate and reliable delivery system. Tracking data can be sent at a rate of 1-10 times a second, and the tracking system is capable of transmitting this data over a dual network. This provides us with the quality and redundancy required to create Virtual Eye's graphics.

Data Specifications
  • 0.6 metre accuracy with differential
  • 1 to 10 hz data
  • Dual GPRS and UHF Network for full redundancy
  • Satellite tracking if required
  • Compact, all-in-one design
How It All Works
  • Data from each boat is transmitted
  • Data is received at our radio site
  • Data gets sent to our data server and processed
  • Mark, timing and wind information is added
  • 3D output is created ... all in seconds!

Where It Gets Used
  • TV coverage
  • Live Streaming
  • Interactive web apps
  • Mobile devices
  • Onshore/Offshore hospitality
  • Team & Media Viewers
  • Umpire Reviews
  • Race Management
  • 3D stereoscopic

Additional Information
For more detailed information, download or view the 26-page Virtual Eye Sailing.PDF

Above: A Virtual Eye animation for the 2014–2015 Volvo Ocean Race 'Round the World'

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  • July 2017 +

    Our Virtual Eye Golf operators started the month at the US Open Seniors in Massachusetts Read More
  • June 2017 +

    Golf and Sailing, two of the signature spectator sports enhanced by Virtual Eye's real-time graphics, Read More
  • 360VR in Bermuda +

    Richard Gladwell from Sail-World NZ met Virtual Eye CEO Ian Taylor aboard the ferry... Read More
  • May 2017 +

    Mid-May saw Virtual Eye Sailing in Scarlino Italy, covering the Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino Read More
  • March 2017 +

    In March, Virtual Eye Sailing set up shop in Florida for Miami Sailing Week, covering Read More
  • February 2017 +

    Virtual Eye Cricket posted a great run-rate in February, starting with coverage of New Zealand Read More
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    Virtual Eye Cricket carried the bat throughout January, supplying our ball-tracking and graphics package for Read More
  • December 2016 +

    The Virtual Eye Golf team wound up their 2016 season at the Australian PGA Championship Read More
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    November marked the beginning of Virtual Eye's annual Cricket season, supplying info-graphics and ball-tracking of Read More
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