Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race fans track progress in real time

TracerTrak satellite tracking used by yachts

Fans of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race, which takes place every year during the Easter long weekend, will be able to watch the race in real time on the TracerTrak website thanks to satellite tracking devices fitted to participating yachts.

Forty-five starting yachts will be individually fitted with a TracerTrak device that will track yachts’ location, average speed, direction and other information during the race. Fans coming to the website will be able to view the yachts’ positions on a maritime-like map in real time, with updates every five minutes.

“Fans will be able to get just as involved in the race as if they were part of the crew and from wherever they are,” managing director of Pivotel-TracerTrak, Peter Bolger, said in a statement.

“With many families travelling over Easter it will mean no one will have to miss out on the event which is great news for the race organisers, competitors and of course the many, many fans.”

Bolger told Techworld Australia that having the ability to track information about the yachts every five minutes will also significantly increase safety awareness for the race officials and for the racers on board the yachts.

“Anybody who participates in the race agrees that their details are going to be made public because there could be an emergency, as we’ve known in the past. Sydney to Hobart is a classic example of where things could go terribly wrong,” he said.

Bolger said that he estimates there will be 15 to 20 million hits on the website during the race. He said that next year he would consider looking into letting fans share comments via the website during next year’s race.

The yachts will travel 570 kilometres, starting from Redcliffe Point through to the North West, to Caloundra and then finishing at Gladstone.

The race will commence on April 6 at 11am, with the yachts setting sail from Moreton Bay.

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