CompetitorsTracking your race

If you're a competitor taking part in this year's event, you can track your race around the Island with our free, live tracking system. As well as keeping everyone watching at home up-to-date with your progress, it'll also give you the opportunity to replay the race after you've finished to see where you gained (or lost) time on your rivals.

Read on to find out more about the system and how you can participate.

Our new Tracking Partner - Raymarine

We're delighted to welcome Raymarine as our new Official Tracking Partner for this year's Race.

Following a successful trial of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) system in 2017, we're hoping as many yachts as possible will use AIS and devices like Raymarine's AIS700 transeiver to provide their tracking data for the 2018 Race. As well as logging positions, boats with AIS will have the advantage of an enhanced awareness of other boats around them. AIS technology constantly monitors the course and speed of nearby vessels and can even warn you of developing collision situations.

Special Offer for all competitors!

As the official Tracking Partner for this year’s Race, Raymarine is offering all competitors a significant discount on new AIS700s by giving £150 cash back to any registered competitors who purchase a Raymarine AIS700 transceiver.

To find out more about Raymarine's AIS range and their exclusive Round the Island offer, click here.

Taking part

What equipment do I need?

Either an AIS transmitter or a mobile phone - or both!

If your boat has an AIS transceiver onboard, you can simply use that. Once you've registered your boat for tracking (see below), we'll automatically add positions sent by your AIS device on Race Day to your track.

If you don't have an AIS device, you can use our tracking app for which you'll need one of the following devices that's dedicated to tracking:

  • iPhone
  • Android phone with built-in GPS

You can have as many mobile phones running the tracking device as you like, which means all the crew can take part. With more tracking devices you have on board, you'll get a more accurate track of your course around the Island and also have some backup in case someone forgets to charge their phone before they set off from home!

How do I register?

AIS: Just enter your AIS MMSI id number on the Update Your Entry page. You can do this at any time.

Mobile Phone: Download the latest ngTrack app from your App Store and enter the tracking ID that you'll find on the Update Your Entry page.Once you've registered and set up your phone, you'll be able to run some tests using the Race Player to make sure the tracking is working correctly.Select one of the following links for information about how to setup the software on your device:

How do my friends and family watch the race live?

On race day, people following you will be able to visit the GPS Tracking page here on the official website and watch the race using the easy-to-use Race Viewer. As well as seeing the full race unfold live, watching our TV coverage and following the text commentary, they'll be able to highlight specific boats that they would like to track as they progress around the 50 nautical mile course. Tracking will commence from the first start right through to the finish. Replay and pause facilities will also be available for those interested in comparing detailed performances.