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Swimming

Swimming competitions in open waters require a very high precision for marks positioning

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Sailing

The sailing buoy SMark is our first product. The mark holds the position through a precise GPS and two electric motors.

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"They behave as they should, it's quite a good surprise to me and I am pleasantly impressed"


— MIGUEL ALLEN, WMRC UMPIRE
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"The marks behaved really well, the conditions were not easy as there was strong wind and current"


— ROBERTO BENAMATI, STAR SAILOR
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"We found it very practical, easy to use, we could launch it from the RIB retrieve and it's very accurate"


— LUCA RIZZOTTI, FOILING WEEK ORGANIZER
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"Une autonomie bienvenue"


— Voiles et Voiliers, March 2021
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"Nelle regate del futuro le boe si muovono da sole (e le comandi con lo smartphone)"


— Giornale della vela, April 2021
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"I used SMark to manage sailing trainings, so great that I will never work without it"


— FABIO FUMAGALLI, COACH iQfoil
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SMARK

SMark is the Smart Mark, a buoy you can easily “anchor” anywhere with no efforts just by pressing a button.

Our robotic buoys SMark can be used in regattas, swimming competitions and other water sports requiring a mark to signal the track.

SMark allows very fast changes of courses during the day and allows the best precision on the water .

SMark has two electric motors and a precision GPS that keeps it in place within a meter.

SMark communicates via GSM so it can be set from anywhere to the desired position. Bluetooth connection is also available.

Its weight is less than 15 kg and it can be easily carried by one person and put on a RIB from the water, it is extremely easy to handle.

The configuration is modular both for the energy as for the top visible part.
1 standard battery of 16Ah ensures autonomy during more than 12 hours with 20 kn of wind with the windsock top.
2 standard batteries (2x 16Ah) are sufficient to hold the position during 10 hours with 20 kn wind with the inflatable pyramid top.

The inflatable part is 1.40m (height) x 120 cm (diameter) and it was tested up to 36 kn. Possibility of reducing the inflatable to 105 cm (height). In case of stronger wind the tips can be folded and the buoy can be reduces of 35 cm.

3 options are available as top visible part: windsock, inflatable pyramid or flashing light. A mix is also possible and very effective in changing weather conditions.

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SUSTAINABILITY

We are delivering an eco-friendly solution for water sports events.
Using SMark the carbon emission can be reduced by up to 21 times!
(depends on the conditions, see our calculation example)

Considering an 8 hours operation with a 20 kn wind, SMark requires a total energy of 0.30 kWh which corresponds to a carbon footprint of 140 g 

That’s the same emission generated by a motorboat in….92m!!

Example:

During a typical regatta day an average of 2 marks resets are necessary. Considering an upwind course of 0.5 Nm race and taking into account the installation and removal of the buoy, a motorboat navigates a total of 4 Nm.

In this example, by using SMark the carbon emission can be reduced by 21 times!

Calculation assumptions:

Average carbon emission to generate electricity: 475g CO2/kWh (https://www.iea.org/). 

Average consumption of a motor boat is 1 liter of gas per Nm.


EXPERIENCE

  • Youth Foiling World Cup – Persico 69F, Gaeta, Italy 
  • IQFOiL international games, Campione Del Garda, Italy
  • CSP Optimist, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Foiling easter regatta, Campione Del Garda, Italy
  • National Championship WingSport, Campione Del Garda, Italy
  • Kinder Joy of Moving Optimist, Campione Del Garda, Italy
  • Swiss Windsurfing Cup, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Euro Cup Flying Dutchman, Campione Del Garda, Italy
  • UFO22 Turbo Cup, Gargnano, Italy
  • Global women’s sailing Festival, Steering the course, Pula, Croatia
  • Persico 69F Cup, Malcesine, Italy
  • TeamRace Optimist, Mandello del Lario, Italy
  • Swiss championship Surprise, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Défi du Léman, Morges, Switzerland
  • CSP Optimist, Sisikon, Switzerland
  • European Pirat Championship, Brunnen, Switzerland
  • International Criterium and Nacra 20 SWISS Class Championship, Morges, Switzerland
  • iQ Foil World Championship, Silvaplana, Switzerland
  • C3L, Estavayer-le-Lac, Switzerland
  • Régates Royales Dragon, Cannes, France
  • ILCA Championship, Pully, Switzerland
  • Youth Foiling Gold Cup 69F Cagliari, Italy
  • 2021 FreeWing WingFoil World Games, Campione del Garda, Italy
  • Persico 69F Cup event 1.1:  Circolo Vela Gargnano, Italy
  • Persico 69F Cup event 1.2: Circolo Vela Gargnano, Italy
  • Persico 69F Revolution: Circolo Vela Gargnano, Garda Lake, July
  • Persico 69F Cup event 2.1 – Foiling week: Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy
  • Persico 69F Cup event 2.2: Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy
  • 10ft Pocket Foiling week: Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy
  • 470 National regatta: GEAS NBC Vela Colico, Como, Italy
  • 420 Regional regatta: GEAS NBC Vela Colico, Como, Garda Lake 
  • Europa class Italian Championship
  • Optimist Ticino Cup, Ascona, Maggiore Lake, Switzerland
  • Laser Ticino Cup, Ascona, Maggiore Lake, Switzerland
  • RS Feva regattaLa Carica dei 4000, GEAS NBC Vela Colico, Italy
  • RS Feva Italian Championship Team Race U19, ASN Sebina, Italy
  • Star League – Best Wind Trophy, Acquafresca Sport Center, Italy
  • UFO 22 National, Acquafresca Sport Center, Italy
  • Snipe – Best Wind Trophy, Acquafresca Sport Center, Italy
  • Swimming Traversata, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Swimming Competition: Melide, Switzerland
  • Persico 69F Cup event 3.1: Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy
  • Persico 69F Cup event 3.2: Fraglia Vela Malcesine, Italy
  • I-Qfoil World Games, Univela, Garda Lake, Italy
  • test in St. Moritz
  • test with 20kn and and 0.5m short waves. All ok
  • several regatas in Lugano
  • training in Torbole, Garda
  • Internet control interface
  • internal testing

TESTIMONIALS

Interview Peter Schmidle - DE
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Miguel Allen - EN
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Roberto Benamati - IT
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Victor Casas, Matthieu Ravussin, Nelson Mattraux on WSM - ES - FR - EN
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Luca Rizzotti foiling week organizer - EN
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Nicolai Jacobsen on WSM - EN
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David Bartol professional PRO - EN
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Luca Vangelista, intervista su WSM - IT
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Nuotata del Ponte Diga, Melide - IT
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Interview to Matteo Rusticali, RS Feva class president, on SMARKs by WSMs - IT
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ANS president comment on SMARK by WSWs during the 2020 Italian team race championship RS Feva - IT
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Interview Peter Schmidle - DE
Interview Peter Schmidle - DE
Miguel Allen - EN
Miguel Allen - EN
Roberto Benamati - IT
Roberto Benamati - IT
Victor Casas, Matthieu Ravussin, Nelson Mattraux on WSM - ES - FR - EN
Victor Casas, Matthieu Ravussin, Nelson Mattraux on WSM - ES - FR - EN
Luca Rizzotti foiling week organizer - EN
Luca Rizzotti foiling week organizer - EN
Nicolai Jacobsen on WSM - EN
Nicolai Jacobsen on WSM - EN
David Bartol professional PRO - EN
David Bartol professional PRO - EN
Luca Vangelista, intervista su WSM - IT
Luca Vangelista, intervista su WSM - IT
Nuotata del Ponte Diga, Melide - IT
Nuotata del Ponte Diga, Melide - IT
Interview to Matteo Rusticali, RS Feva class president, on SMARKs by WSMs - IT
Interview to Matteo Rusticali, RS Feva class president, on SMARKs by WSMs - IT
ANS president comment on SMARK by WSWs during the 2020 Italian team race championship RS Feva - IT
ANS president comment on SMARK by WSWs during the 2020 Italian team race championship RS Feva - IT
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CONTROL

SMark can be totally controlled and managed through internet and it can be placed anywhere within a 1 meter precision.

You can have a look at where SMarks are around the world in the public page.

You can handle your SMarks by login to your account.

SMark can also be controlled locally (~25m) with your phone via Bluetooth, download the free application and start play with it.


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SMark has been developed with a modular concept in order to answer to your specific needs. Here 2 example configurations and below a link to customize.

Minimal configuration 
Our simplest version of SMark with “drop and stay” functionality is the perfect solution to meet basic requirements. The Bluetooth app provides battery management and remote drive. A large windsock make it clearly visible at long distances.

  • central unit: control, GPS, 2 motors
  • 16Ah battery, single charger
  • keel, stabilizing weight
  • button fix and free
  • Windsock large with mast
  • Bluetooth App

3’190 €
VAT and shipping costs excluded

Full configuration
The complete version of SMark totally controlled and managed through internet. The Bluetooth app is still there for short distance communication. The inflatable pyramid offers the best visibility.

  • central unit: control, GPS, 2 motors
  • 2 x 16Ah battery, double charger
  • keel, stabilizing weight
  • button fix and free
  • Inflatable pyramid (+ medium windsock)
  • Web access: realtime position, remote control, SMS alerts, firmware updates, GSM and worldwide SIM, 1 month service included
  • Bluetooth App

5’258 €
VAT and shipping costs excluded.
Requires an internet service plan of 10 €/month.

Rental and support services are also available, contact us for more information.


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WaterSportMarks Sagl
Via Cassarinetta 2
6900 Lugano CH
CHE-448.090.653