How to follow the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 23 Dec 2007 09:13:00
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Start of the 2006 Rolex Sydney Hobart

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Once the 82 boat Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet leaves Sydney Harbour at 1pm on Boxing Day, apart from the odd glimpse from the coastline or on television news programs they are mostly out of sight, but thanks to the highly awarded race website, the public, media and even the competitors can follow the race as it unfolds.

Once the 82 boat Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet leaves Sydney Harbour at 1pm on Boxing Day, apart from the odd glimpse from the coastline or on television news programs they are mostly out of sight, but thanks to the highly awarded race website, the public, media and even the competitors can follow the race as it unfolds.

For the Rolex Sydney Hobart 2007, Yacht Tracker on the race web site www.rolexsydneyhobart.com will again lead the way in providing real time information on the progress of the fleet over the 628 nautical mile course. For the second year, devout followers who are away from their desks for the Christmas break can follow the race via their 3G enabled mobile phones (http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/mobile/)

The CYCA will equip each boat with an Imarsat D+ transmitter, which will automatically update each yacht’s latitude, longitude and course and speed over ground, and transmit this information via satellite to an earth station.

From there, the data will be transferred to the website where each yacht’s position in the fleet, its place relative to other boats and known geographic features, and the speed currently being achieved through the water, as well as the direction in which the boat is sailing, will appear in text and graphics. Viewers have the option of viewing the yachts on a chart through Yacht Tracker, or alternatively against satellite pictures on Google Earth which allows website visitors to effectively fly over the boats as they pass down the NSW coast, across Bass Strait and down the Tasmanian East Coast.

In addition to the constant real time position reports via Yacht Tracker, positions received from the fleet will immediately be converted by the site’s highly sophisticated mathematics into a report on the website that shows each yacht’s position in the fleet, distance to the finish line, as well as its progressive corrected time position under the IRC and PHS handicap categories.

The CYCA’s broadcast partner Channel 7 will also be providing comprehensive race coverage beginning with all the action of the spectacular start on Sydney Harbour.

The race start coverage will be hosted by Gordon Bray and yachting expert Rob Brown. Bray has had a long and close association with the race. As well as being involved in past broadcasts, he’s also travelled to Hobart on six occasions aboard the radio relay vessel while ‘Brownie’ is a highly regarded former 18 foot skiff world champion and keel boat sailor who has commentated for Channel 7 for the past two years.

Channel 7’s broadcast will start live at 12.30pm AEDT with four times daily news updates until the handicap winner is decided, as well as coverage on 7 News and Sunrise.

Seven’s race updates will begin on December 26 at 1551hrs, followed by updates at 2004hrs and 2202hrs. Updates on 27 December are scheduled for 1409hrs, 1552hrs, 1958hrs and 2157hrs. Check the Rolex Sydney Hobart website for updates from the 28th December until the handicap winner is decided.

This year the CYCA and its broadcaster Channel 7 are offering competitors and the public the chance to pre-order a copy of Channel 7’s start program for $25, with all proceeds going to the CYCA’s Safety of Life at Sea Trusts. Go to http://www.cyca.com.au/sysfile/downloads/Creditcard_startDVD.pdf to download the pre-purchase order form.

For those watching the start from one of Sydney Harbour’s many foreshore vantage points or from on board a spectator vessel, Sailors Radio Hour will again provide the live radio broadcast of the start on FM107.3 from 11.30am until 2.00pm.

Radio 2GB will also be extensively covering the race. - Lisa Ratcliff

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