The Gran Prix regatta has finally started later than expected due to meteo conditions, but finally became a success as expected; with 13 participants we have an average of 1500 visits per day and dozens of people have signed up for the satellite messaging service.
We are especially proud of the grib web-based visual application. In the regatta it lets you visualize the forecasted wind in the next 3 hours.
We hope to improve the wind app in the next few weeks so that all forecasted times by the grib data can be visualized in the application.
In Atlantic we are very glad that we’ve been selected once again to track the boats in the 2010 edition of the Gran Prix regatta.
Motivated by the success in the former edition, we will be introducing a few improvements in order to add more participative and safety related features to the tracking webpage.
Among them we’ll introduce our Iridium messaging twitter service. Please sign up here and visit our page here to know more.
In the last regatta we tracked with our satellite tracking system, the 300 miles of Moraira, we included a new functionality that has been very succesful, and which we have been asked for frequently during the last weeks.
It is an application that decodes grib files automatically online, and that allows visitors to see graphically the wind vector for present and future days.
We are preparing more surprises to be included among the functionalities of the satellite tracking service.
Besides, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of customers willing to travel far away, and that buy our satellite service to allow their loved ones to keep track of their location. We’ll be implementing some of these functionalities among these services soon.
We are very proud to announce that our AIS products from True Heading will be the official AIS equipment for all the boats participating in the Volvo Ocean Race.
The equipment consists of one of our AIS-CTRX transponders, with one of our class B VHF Splitters, in each of the boats. The splitter has been specially acknowledged to be essential to improve the coverage and to ease notably the installation process.
AIS will give a new dimension to yacht racing, since participants will have the chance to follow competitors in real time when in VHF coverage, and it helps them comply with the requirements of some of the ports they will be visiting, such as Singapore, since AIS is compulsory equipment for boats of that size in those harbours.
Besides, fans of the regatta will be able to track boats in real time when passing through coastal waters. You’ll be able to track the first 400NM in our AIS traffic maritime web page.
Maybe soon, class B AIS will become the perfect tool for regata tracking also in Spain, just as it already is in Sweden’s Gotland Runt regatta.
In last year’s edition, up to 70 boats were carrying our transponder.
The picture is at the start of the regatta.
There is nothing like tracking a well-known regatta, to get tons of visits in your site
We are currently having an average of 1000 visits approx, with quite higher peaks some days.
There is a lot of buzz in the forums and the hundreds of messages supporting the teams prove it.
In a transatlantic regatta anything can happen. Trouble with moroccan fishermen nets, ships abandoning for technical reasons, etc…
Maybe the most interesting part is following the different strategies of the participants trying to get the best winds according to the meteo forecasts. Some try the direct way, some a more southern route, etc…
In spite of the difficulties morale is still high. We wish to know the conclusion of the competition. Until then, we recommend tracking the development in the blog of the organization, or just google in several forums like “La Taberna” the name of the regatta.
This is the link where you can track via satellite the Gran Prix regatta.
The participants will install their hardware few days before the regatta, starting on January 9th. Since then, you can track them in the Google map.
We’ve also written a page with instructions on how to install the inmarsat D+ terminals on board, that will be available in english shortly.
We are very pleased to announce that we will be in charge of tracking the Gran Prix regatta, that will be leaving Gibraltar next January 9th towards Martinique.
We will soon give you the URL adress where you’ll be able to track all the participants here.