Participants in this year’s Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, are being encouraged by Raymarine, as official Tracking Partner, to sign up to use the Race’s new tracking app. This will not only help organisers observe yachts throughout the Race for safety reasons but also encourage them to compete against their rivals as part of a new campaign for the 2018 event, #ItsYourRace.
While onlookers can enjoy the spectacular sight of a sea of sails across the Solent, the number of boats within these restricted waters does raise the risk of collisions. Safety is paramount to both the race organisers and sponsors so as Tracking Partner, Raymarine is supporting the organiser’s intention to urge more entrants to use an Automatic Identification System (AIS) transceiver to enhance their visibility to other yachts. An AIS will also provide an improved awareness of other boats around them, provide clear knowledge of the speed and course of vessels in the locality and warn of predicted areas of danger.
Watch this helpful tutorial to learn more about AIS
While few could ever hope to compete with the elite front-runners, many competitors will have friends and rivals taking part that they will be keen to beat. The #ItsYourRace campaign encourages competitors to create their own ‘race within the race’ by using the new tracking app to select individual boats to follow and race against, increasing the competitive element within the 1600 strong fleet.
It’s easy for competitors to sign up to the Race’s official tracking app, simply follow the instructions on this link http://rtir.me/track
Raymarine is offering registered competitors a significant discount by giving them £150 cash back on purchases of the new Raymarine AIS700 transceiver. Further details of this offer can be found here www.raymarine.com/events/rtir/.