America’s Cup and Artificial Intelligence

Published on February 14th, 2023

There isn’t much about the 37th America’s Cup that relates to the sport of sailing, so it is no surprise that this sponsor announcement is better suited for Popular Science or Scientific American than Scuttlebutt Sailing News, but here we are anyway…

Altair (Nasdaq: ALTR) has been named the official computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) partner for the New York Yacht Club (NYYC) American Magic, challenger for the 37th America’s Cup.

Altair will provide the team with software technology, consulting services, and two “work streams” to improve boat and sailor performance. The work streams include a predictive data analytics system to analyze and understand sailing vessel performance and a custom-made “AI bot” to enable the control and monitoring of sailboat simulations.

“Working together with NYYC American Magic showcases both our technological and consulting expertise,” said James R. Scapa, founder and chief executive officer, Altair. “We believe our tools and our people are some of the world’s finest resources, and we’re fortunate to work alongside an organization that believes in using the latest in AI, machine learning, and data analytics in new, exciting ways.”

The first work stream, composed of robust data analytics capabilities, allows the NYYC American Magic team to observe and break down past race performances to see how the team can improve future performances. The technology helps analyze boat velocity given course conditions and boat/sailor maneuvers to determine optimal race strategy and see how to translate past success into future success.

The second work stream, the “AI bot,” gives the NYYC American Magic team unprecedented race simulation power to optimize vessel and sailor performance through virtual test runs that mirror real-life racing conditions.

The results of the AI bot’s reinforcement learning approach give a quick, effective, and accurate way to simulate various and multiple race conditions and cut down the need for physical testing and prototyping. In addition, the AI bot generates data from simulations so the team can analyze it to improve times, sailor maneuvers, race strategy, and boat components.

“Our team is thrilled to be working with Altair, and the partnership demonstrates American Magic’s commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technology,” said Mike Cazer, chief executive officer, NYYC American Magic. “Our team uses the industry’s latest and greatest to stay on top of the competition and keep our organization at the forefront of technology.”

In a competition like the America’s Cup, when vehicles and race teams are already operating to near perfection, finding fast, effective new ways to innovate and eliminate wasted time and material is an invaluable competitive advantage.

About Altair
Altair is a global leader in computational science and artificial intelligence (AI) that provides software and cloud solutions in simulation, high-performance computing (HPC), data analytics, and AI. Altair enables organizations across all industries to compete more effectively and drive smarter decisions in an increasingly connected world – all while creating a greener, more sustainable future. For more information, visit

Following the publication of the AC37 Protocol and AC75 Class Rule on November 17, 2021, the AC75 Class Rule and AC Technical Regulations were finalized on March 17, 2022. The entry period opened December 1, 2021 and runs until July 31, 2022, but late entries for the 37th America’s Cup may be accepted until May 31, 2023. The Defender was to announce the Match Venue on September 17, 2021 but postponed the venue reveal, confirming it would be Barcelona on March 30, 2022. The 37th America’s Cup will be held in September/October 2024.

Teams revealed to challenge defender Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL):
INEOS Britannia (GBR)
Alinghi Red Bull Racing (SUI)
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team (ITA)
NYYC American Magic (USA)
K-Challenge Racing (FRA)

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Source: Altair

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