Inspired by America's Cup?

World famous race reminds us technology is important at sea.

By on August 19, 2013

Visitors are flocking to San Francisco - aka the “City by the Bay” - this summer for the 34th America’s Cup, the World Series for elite sailors.

If you have been bitten by the America’s Cup bug and are looking to hoist your sails and head out to sea, make sure you load up on the best technology to keep you prepared and on course.

Protect your smartphone from the elements with Lifeproof, a waterproof and shockproof case that keeps saltwater and other hazardous material from damaging the device.

Capture every moment of your sailing adventure hands-free with a GoPro HERO3 Camera. Mount the camera on just about anything -- from the top of the mast, to the bottom of the hull -- and use the GoPro app on your smartphone or tablet to remotely control the shots.

For longer sailing trips, keeping your device powered up can be tricky if you don’t have a generator on board. The Panasonic Solar Charger uses the power of the sun to charge a wide variety of smart devices and audio/video players. The charger can also be used as a LED light source.

Download all the best apps to stay on course. Marine Tides Planner gives you tide information based on your location so you can stay on top of conditions and plan accordingly. Animated Knots offers tutorials for tying the perfect knot. Sailboat Race Timer offers audible alerts and GPS integration that will determine how far from the finish line you are and how long it will take to get there.

For those less inclined to take to the water, America’s Cup has an app to help you get in on the action. Be part of the live audience with the official app to stay up to date on news, results videos and events, or check out America’s Cup the Game where you can virtually try to beat the best sailors on the fastest boats.

America’s Cup runs from through September 21 in San Francisco.