The finale of the World Match Racing Tour, the Monsoon Cup, gets underway in Malaysia on the 3rd of December. Apart from deciding the championship, this event uses some of the latest technology to get the message around the world.
Apart from the Americas Cup, the Monsoon Cup is the only yachting event to utilise Virtual Eye; a real time, 3D sports graphics package for television and the big screen.
During the races, the technology tracks the boats live, by installing custom-built trackers in each yacht.
Virtual Eye helps the ‘unskilled eye’ to see the position of the yachts during races to allow spectators to keep track of the action, aided by computer graphic overlays.
Supporting features such as grid lines showing the yacht’s position, and circles indicating changes in speed, help viewers to understand the subtleties of match racing.
Like a video game, there are an endless range of camera angles, with fast-forward and rewind functions available for post race analysis.
For more information on the Monsoon Cup, visit: http://www.monsooncup.com.my/