Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 2024 February soft attachments LEADERBOARD




Vakaros Atlas 2 - sailing with ultimate precision

by Anna Zyk 25 Jan 12:00 UTC
Atlas 2 in use © Vakaros

Recently upffront.com have introduced the latest Vakaros Atlas 2 sailing instrument to the shop and compared it in a review of other top sailing instruments. This is a highly accurate GPS computer that is designed to enhance precision and reliability on the water.

Loaded with cutting-edge technology, the Atlas 2 is a top-tier portable sailing instrument. At Upffront.com we are always sharing the latest development in sailing systems and this article will guide you through the main features of the Atlas 2 device.

Founded with the mission of enhancing sailing experience through cutting-edge technology, Vakaros emerged as a response to the frustrations faced by sailors using outdated and limited instruments back in 2019. Witnessing the challenges faced by existing technology at the time, the founders envisioned a game-changing solution and the original Atlas was born. Featuring powerful sensors, intelligent algorithms, a revolutionary user interface, and a 75-hour rechargeable battery, the goal was to redefine sailing instrumentation.

Vakaros Atlas 2 - the latest release

This innovative approach allowed Vakaros to continually improve the original Atlas through simple software updates via the Vakaros Connect app. Shift tracking, time-to-line calculations, and industry-leading 10 Hz data logging were among the array of features continuously added to the Atlas, solidifying its position as the top-performing instrument on the water.

Then, after three years Vakaros unveiled the next evolution — the Atlas 2. Building upon the success and lessons learned from the original Atlas, the Atlas 2 incorporates technology that surpasses its predecessor. A critical aspect of a sailing instrument's performance lies in its sensors, and the Atlas 2 takes this to the next level. Unlike traditional GPS devices limited to the L1 band, the Atlas 2 is among the first products to receive both L1 and L5 signals. While L1 provides general accuracy, the addition of L5, the newest and most advanced GPS signal, ensures exceptional precision, especially in challenging sailing environments.

Featuring wireless connectivity, smooth integration with external sensors, wireless charging, and various on-the-water tools, this device introduces practical opportunities for effective on and off the water tracking and analysis.

Vakaros Atlas 2 key features - let's have a look:

1. GNSS Reception: The Atlas 2 is the first sailing instrument with dual-band, L1 + L5 GNSS reception, delivering positional accuracy to a few centimeters. Optimised for L1 + L5 signals, it corrects ionosphere errors and minimises multi-path interference, providing an unprecedented 50 cm positional accuracy.

2. Multi-Constellation Reception: With the ability to receive signals from GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou, the Atlas 2 ensures reliable navigation under diverse conditions, making it a choice for sailors of all types.

3. Enhanced Magnetic Compass: Boasting a state-of-the-art magnetic sensor, the Atlas 2 achieves 4 times greater sensitivity and 0.1 degrees heading resolution. Coupled with gyro stabilisation and a motion fusion algorithm operating at 50 Hz, this instrument maintains a steady course, even in challenging conditions.

4. Tailored for Winning Starts: Used by dinghy sailors as well as larger racing boats, the Atlas 2 is designed to give you the winning edge at the start. Advanced sensors and algorithms provide accurate distance and time-to-line data, ensuring you hit the starting line on time and at full speed.

In addition, Atlas 2 enhances the pre-start functionality by providing a time to line estimation based on a target upwind speed, determined through a pre-race walk-through involving brief upwind sailing on each tack to ensure accuracy for current conditions.

5. Customisable User Interface: You can build a tailored interface with the Layout Builder, allowing you to access the information that matters most to you.

6. Data Compilation and Sharing: The Atlas 2 logs valuable telemetry data every time it's on, allowing you to analyse and improve your performance. Vakaros Connect App allows to share your achievements on the water with sailing friends by adding photos and connecting with the community.

7. Extended Battery Life: With a remarkable 100+ hours of battery life, the Atlas 2 ensures you stay powered throughout week-long regattas or distance races. The wireless Qi charging pad provides hassle-free recharging, and a quick 20-minute charge can power your instrument for a full 10-hour day on the water.

The Vakaros Connect App stands out as an exceptional feature, facilitating easy interaction with device settings and customisations. When paired with the Atlas 2, this smartphone app unlocks a myriad of additional features, such as customisable displays and sounds, access to logged data, and seamless firmware upgrades.

Sailing instrument with class-compliant mode

For those sailors who belong to one-design sailing classes, that do not permit the use of GPS devices onboard, it's important to be able to disable the GPS-mode. During the setup, opt to include a boat profile in class-compliant mode, including only the data permitted by your class rules. Vakaros provides preset rules for various Classes, accessible from a drop-down menu, but you also have the flexibility to manually customise the settings. The data log serves as evidence that your sailing adhered to class-compliant mode. For practice sessions, you can create an additional profile without class restrictions and use the full functionality of the device.

Here's a short video from Vakaros introducing their revolutionary device:

Buying Vakaros Atlas 2 - what do you get?

In conclusion, the Atlas 2 sailing instrument introduces a new era in precision and reliability. With dual-band L1 + L5 GPS reception, advanced magnetic compass technology, and a range of customisable features, it stands out as a versatile tool for sailors of all levels.

From optimised start management to extended battery life, the Atlas 2 enhances sailing experience without compromise. Included in the package are the Atlas 2, a mount, a Qi charging pad, and a carrying case. Discover more technical specifications in our products descriptions and compare the Atlas 2 to other sailing instruments in a comprehensible comparison table.

Sailing instruments

If you have any questions about Vakaros Atlas 2 and other sailing instruments or need help choosing one of the products on our website, please feel free to email us at to talk to one of our experts.

Related Articles

Soft shackles are a win-win solution
Upffront look at their use across multiple applications Soft shackles have surely penetrated the mainstream sailing in recent years. They are a popular alternative to traditional metal shackles. Made from single braid Dyneema® soft shackles offer several advantages over their metal counterparts. Posted on 8 Feb
Sailing instruments from Velocitek/Sailmon/Vakaros
An introduction and comparison from Upffront.com The term 'sailing instrument' is broadly applicable to just about any onboard system with a sensor and a readout. While wired instrument systems are common, in this blog we discuss portable GPS sailing instruments from Velocitek, Sailmon and Vakaros. Posted on 11 Jan
Standing Rigging
Why your standing rigging will benefit from replacing steel wire with composite fibre Why will your standing rigging benefit greatly from replacing the steel wire with composite fibre stays? I have been thinking of the advantages of composite rigging while following the different races and yachts challenges circumnavigating the world. Posted on 14 Dec 2023
Block and tackle
Understanding mechanical advantage on sailing boats A rough guide to mainsheet purchase systems by Upffront.com. A block and tackle or 'purchase' system is a form of mechanical advantage, where the input force is multiplied through a series of pulleys or blocks to create a much larger output force. Posted on 23 Nov 2023
Winterising a boat - useful tips from Upffront.com
Dave Proctor explains how to avoid some unpleasant surprises next spring Winterising the boat is a common task for many boat owners, regardless of where your boat is located. For some, in milder conditions, it means keeping everything dry and tidy, but for many the need for packing up the boat for winter is a necessity. Posted on 1 Nov 2023
Winning deck hardware of a Star World Champion
Max Kohlhoff Today we are speaking about deck hardware and rig setup with Max Kohlhoff, the winning helmsman of the 2023 Star Worlds. With Ole Burzinski from Flensburg Yacht Club, onboard Playmate, they recently scored two bullets out of six races in Scarlino. Posted on 26 Oct 2023
Polyform AS and Polyform US fenders
Exporting quality and performance from Norway to the U.S One of latest additions to the upffront.com sailing hardware line-up are the Polyform fenders from the original Norwegian manufacturer - Polyform AS. Established over 60 years ago, Polyform AS is renowned for inventing the modern plastic buoy. Posted on 18 Oct 2023
Electric Furler from Facnor
Latching on the trend of boat electrification The sailing world is undergoing a sea change, embracing the power of electrification for unparalleled ease and convenience, especially for older crews and solo sailors. Electric systems are revolutionising boats. Posted on 11 Oct 2023
Best bottom up furlers
Top five as rated by Upffront.com In this article we round up five of the best bottom up furlers on the market. Choosing the right furler is a question of boat size and SWL (safe working load), sail area, performance level and budget. Posted on 5 Oct 2023
upffront 2024 February soft shackles BOTTOMupffront 2024 February soft attachments BOTTOMupffront 2024 February soft attach blocks BOTTOM