Follow the Round Britain Race from home!

MarineTrack will enable live armchair coverage

If you don’t fancy standing on a windy headland for hours waiting for a distant powerboat to scream past in a matter of seconds, don’t despair.

There is another, more comfortable way of following the Round Britain Powerboat Race.

The fleet of around 40 race and production boats starts from Portsmouth on 21 June, in only the third time this epic race has been run since 1969.

The 1,600 mile course is planned over 10 days in all, giving spectators many natural vantage points, such as Portland Bill on the first leg, to catch the action.

Perhaps the best, though, given the vagaries of the British weather, will be at home in front of a computer.

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MarineTrack have fitted their latest tracking system on board all boats in the race, meaning each craft’s progress can be followed minute by minute around the coast.

Andy Haffenden, Operations Director of MarineTrack, says: “Our Event Console brings the action of the event to the viewers through a web-based visual display.

“The key features of this display give the audience details of the most recent position, images of the vessels involved and movie files of the event.

“In addition all vessels positions involved in the event are overlaid on detailed mapping and displayed to the viewer allowing them to make reference to key land marks and aerial imagery.”

Stuart Nicholls, MarineTrack Managing Director, adds: “We will be making this a truly accessible and encapsulating journey for both the racers and supporters alike, bringing non-audience participation sports to the laptop of the nation.”

The newly developed console offers faster position report frequencies, increased geofence ability and lower power consumption.

Event organiser Mike Lloyd says: “This is, in effect, a large sponsorship deal with MarineTrack and a very generous commitment.

“This is a vital monitoring device for each entrant and the Race Committee thanks MarineTrack for their technical support”.

MarineTrack has been providing Track, Alarm, Alert and Monitoring systems for the leisure and commercial maritime industry since 1999.

Contact: MarineTrack.
Tel: 44 (0) 1273 462001. 


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