Smartmark, manufacturer of state-of-the-art regatta buoys, has been selected as an official supplier of the UIM E1 World Championship.
Smartmark will be suppling its GPS-controlled regatta buoys across the seven-race debut season of the electric boating championship.
The Smartmark marks regatta courses digitally at the push of a button to make the process more efficient and faster than laying traditional race buoys.
Smartmark works by entering the desired position via a web-based application and the buoy then moves to its place independently.
Two electric motors keep it autonomously in position for 24 hours, regardless of water depth or ground conditions using unique sensors. As the buoys don’t require an anchor, they have an improved impact on the environment, points out Jonas Schumacher, co-founder and CEO at Smartmark.
“The partnership between the E1 Series and Smartmark reflects the innovative spirit of this unique racing series,” he explained.
“The oceans and seas are the lifeblood of our planet, indispensable for climate protection and increasingly crucial as a source of food and energy in the future.
“Achieving synergy between conservation and utilisation will only be possible through cutting-edge technology.”
Rodi Basso, co-founder and CEO of E1, added: “The E1 Series is setting a milestone to raise awareness of this challenge while demonstrating that vision and innovation are crucial keys to a sustainable future.”
“Smartmark is one of the most exciting innovations to come out of water sports in recent years. The technology is unique and sustainable, so it aligns perfectly to E1’s values – we’re pleased they’ll be part of the action in what’s set to be a fantastic season of racing ahead.”