Garmin International Inc. announced Thursday that it has been selected as a Technical Supplier of Artemis Racing, one of the six professional sailing teams competing for the coveted 35th America's Cup. Artemis Racing will not only use Garmin marine electronics on its fleet of support boats on the water, but off the water team members will rely on Garmin cycling computers, running watches, and heart rate monitors for physical training. The 35th America’s Cup will be determined on the Great Sound in Bermuda in 2017.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Artemis Racing for the America’s Cup, sailboat racing’s biggest stage,” said David Dunn, Garmin senior manager, marine sales and marketing. “This team is an international group of champions with 11 Olympic medals to their name, and we’re proud to be a part of their success both on and off the water.”
“It’s great to have Garmin involved as a product supplier to Artemis Racing,” said Pete Cunningham, Artemis Racing exercise physiologist. “They have the right technology and a wide range of products that we use everyday, both in the gym and on the water, that’s essential to training and competing. We monitor the training loads and the physiological demands placed on our athletes both on and off the water, and we depend on Garmin navigation, radar and communication equipment across our entire fleet to guide our race yachts confidently through any waterway.”
Artemis Racing’s fleet of support boats is outfitted with Garmin GPSMAP 7412xsv 12-inch multi- touch chartplotters, GMRTM 18xHD radomes, VHF 300i AIS, GPSMAP 78s handhelds, and VIRB® XE waterproof1 HD action cameras. With two chartplotters on each boat, the team uses the charts and sonar information combined with AIS positioning and radar overlay to stay “tuned in” to approaching hazards and other on-the-water traffic.
Garmin fitness products are used daily by the team members to measure everything they do from a physical point of view – from the accurate measurement of power output and heart rate data to GPS data and recovering monitoring. Team members rely on the Forerunner 220, Edge 1000 and Edge 800, Vector pedal-based power meters, and premium heart rate monitors to keep track of the sailors’ physical performance and development.