A unique real-time tracking system for yacht racing will have its
debut during the 2007 Heaven Can Wait 24-hour yacht race, to be held
on Lake Macquarie, south of Newcastle, NSW, on September 29-30.
The system, based on the EziTrak system boat, car and mobile equipment
tracking system developed by the Australian-based Rojone, will allow
real-time tracking of all yachts participating in the race.
It is anticipated that results, including handicap results, will
be available with an hour or so of the race finishing.
Rojone's EziTrak system uses a combination of GPS and GPRS (mobile
phone) technology to accurately track a yacht's (or vehicle's) course,
reporting back to a central computer with positioning data every
few minutes, with accuracies to within a few metres.
In the case of the HCW 24-hour race, an EziTrack GPS unit and
transmitter - along with GPRS SIM cards supplied by Mach Communications
- will be provided to each boat, and provide an accurate log of
each yacht's course - and the distance travelled over the 24 hours.
The boat which travels the furthest over the 31 Nm course during
the 24 hours will be declared the scratch winner. Handicaps will
also be applied in real-time, so that handicap placings will be
available at the same time as the scratch placings.
HCW founder and organiser Shaun Lewicki said that the solution
provided by Rojone was ideal for the 24-hour race - but it would
also have applications for other sailing events.
"Because this race is won by whoever achieves the greatest distance
over the 24 hours - as opposed to a traditional yacht race, where
boats aim to do a set course in the shortest possible time - we
can't use conventional race-keeping methods.
"Rojone's EziTrak tracking system will cumulatively log the distance
each boat travels over the 24 hours, and produce a total distance
travelled on the dot of noon on the Sunday," he said.
"In addition, we'll be able to view each boat's course around
the Lake in Google Maps or Google Earth - and skippers will be able
to relive the race, and view their opponents' courses and tactics,
once the race is finished."
All participants in the HCW race will be given the opportunity
to purchase the EziTrak system from Rojone at a significant discount
- giving them the tracking system for future HCW races, but more
importantly, giving them a complete anti-theft and security system
for their yachts.
A fully installed EziTrak system is hooked up to bilge pumps,
the engine and the battery meter, and can automatically notify owners
of any unauthorised or unusual events on their yachts, including
theft, a dragging mooring, low battery, or the bilge pumps working.
Shaun said the EziTrak yacht race tracking system would also have
applications for other races, as well as cruising yachties.
"Everyone one in the yacht racing world knows how difficult it
can be for the race committee to accurately check boats crossing
the line early - especially in large fleets - as well as logging
the correct finishing times and order, and ensuring all boats have
followed the correct course. "A system such as EziTrak will allow
RCs to see who is over the line early, as well as accurately determine
correct placings and the course sailed - and this is something Rojone
is keen to explore further.
"We also know there is strong potential demand in the sailing
community globally for a simple, reliable system such as EziTrak,"
"We have already had a number of strong enquiries from around
the world, from yacht race organisers interested in this system
- so the eyes of the global sailing community will be on Lake Macquarie
in late September."
Livia Grabowski, managing director of Rojone, said EziTrak's involvement
in the HCW 24 hour race was a great opportunity to demonstrate the
capabilities of the system - and also support the race's key purpose:
raising funds for cancer research.
"Rojone is delighted to have this opportunity, as it opens up
a potential completely new market for us," she said.
"We are also very pleased to be supporting this high-profile event
to raise funds in the fight against cancer.
"Following the race, we will be happy to talk with other sailing
organisations, both in Australia and around the world, about how
EziTrak might work for them in managing yacht racing events." EziTrak
systems will be handed out to each competitor in the 24-hour race
on the Friday evening or Saturday morning immediately before the
For further information on Rojone, please contact Livia Grabowski,
managing director, ph (02) 9829 1555, email
MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For all media enquiries, please contact Mark
Cherrington, ph 0419 236 704, email
HCW YC Refund Policy:
HCW 2008 race entries: Refunds will only be given for race entrants who provide notice in writing two week in advance of the race that they will not be participating. If the race is cancelled by the Race Committee on the day of the race due to adverse weather conditions (as per the Sailing Instructions) no refunds will be forthcoming. This is because all race entry fees are directed to our nominated charities, the Cancer Council of NSW and the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol and we wish these organisations to receive these funds whether or not the race proceeds on the day.
HCW YC membership: No refunds will be given.
Payments made to the Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club will appear on your bank statements as payments to the "Heaven Can Wait Yacht Club Incorporated"
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