CompetitorsTracking your race

Every boat taking part in this year's event is required to register with our our free, live tracking system so that its position in the race can be tracked. As well as keeping race officials and everyone watching at home up-to-date with progress, the system also gives competitors the opportunity to replay their race after they've finished to see where they gained (or lost) time on their rivals.

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

Our Tracking Partner - Raymarine

We're delighted that Raymarine is continuing as our Official Tracking Partner for the 2019 Race.

One of the ways to provide tracking data for the 2019 Race is to use an onboard Automatic Identification System (AIS) device such as Raymarine's AIS700 transeiver. As well as logging positions, boats with AIS have the advantage of 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 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.