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Raymarine to play a bigger role in the 2018 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay

Author: Island Sailing Club   Date: 15:33 Monday 18 Jun 2018

For the 2018 Round the island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, Raymarine will be the Official Technical Partner and Official Tracking Partner. As Technical Partner, Raymarine will team with leading marine meteorologist, Simon Rowell, to deliver the all-important pre-race Live Weather Briefing at 6pm, at the new venue of the Cowes Yacht Haven Event Centre. The weather is one of the biggest factors on the day so register for your reminder to watch the LIVE Raymarine Weather BriefingWatch and be in with a chance of winning over £2000 worth of Raymarine kit.

As the Race’s Official Tracking Partner, Raymarine are supporting the race organisers desire to have not only one of the largest races in the world but also one of the safest. Safety for all is paramount to the organisers so this year they have announced that all boats must register a minimum of one mobile phone per team to enable them to sign up to use the Race’s live GPS tracking system. Although not mandatory this year, transmitting an AIS signal (Automatic Identification System) is recommended. AIS not only enables safer tracking and accountability for the organisers but also offers enhanced benefits for the sailors who can enjoy post-race analysis through the bespoke tracking system.

As Tracking Partner, Raymarine are encouraging racers of all levels to create a ‘race within the race’ by using the official live GPS tracker, by selecting individual boats to follow and race against.

Harry Heasman, Raymarine's UK Sales and Marketing Manager for UK and Ireland said, "This is an exciting addition to the 2018 race for Raymarine and aligns with the brand's expertise in electronics. AIS developments are enabling boaters to enjoy safer navigation than ever before. Raymarine is keen to support the safety of those on the water and is offering all participants £150 cash back on the purchase of a New Raymarine AIS700"

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Commenting on the sponsorship, Dave Atkinson, Head of Race Management for the Round the Island Race, said, "We are thrilled that Raymarine is supporting our quest to make this the largest and safest race in the world. We have worked with them for many years, so it felt right to have them on board as Official Tracking partner."