Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta introduces yacht tracking for 2017 event
6 August, 2017
The Royal Selangor Yacht Club (RSYC) has announced that Yacht Tracking will make its debut in the 28th Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta.
Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta organisers have opted for the Yellow Brick (YB) Yacht Tracking system, which is used in top international sailing events such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, World ARC 2017, Rolex Fastnet, Sydney Gold Coast Race and many others.
Live Tracking will be used during the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta passage races from Port Klang to Pangkor, then Pangkor to Penang and lastly, Penang to Langkawi and will provide essential safety information if an on-board emergency occurs.
Each competing yacht will be provided with a small rugged, waterproof device that is able to transmit a signal from anywhere in the world via Iridium satellites to the race organisers. This helps provide details of the yacht with position, course and speed.
The tracker wakes up on a regular basis to obtain a position using the GPS satellite network, and then transmits that position back to an online map, which is embedded on the STI website during a Race, or viewed directly. In an emergency, an individual tracker can be remotely reprogrammed to transmit much more frequently.
A ‘live tracking’ web-based race viewer will be available on the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta website, showing the race track, current position and distance to the finish of every yacht while they are passage racing, and an app can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets showing the same data. A data list will show the race positions for boats in each class and replay facilities are available to recap completed races.
“Safety is our number one priority and we want to use the most up-to-date technology to locate yachts at any position on the race course and at any time, day or night,” said Jeff Harris, Commodore of the Royal Selangor Yacht Club. “These YB Trackers will give our race officers the constant ability to monitor and check our fleet as it proceeds up the west coast of Malaysia.”
“It will also give the families and friends of our crew members peace of mind, by providing up to date positioning, along with involving them in the excitement of close-fought race positions. In addition to that, yacht enthusiasts around the world will be now able to follow RMSIR live and then comment on the event of Facebook and Twitter,” he added.
The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is in its 28th year and will run from 18 to 25 November 2017. This world-class event will see participating boats pushing onwards from the start point at Port Klang and making their way – via the Straits of Malacca – to the various checkpoints at the islands of Pangkor, Penang and Langkawi in an attempt to win the prestigious Raja Muda Cup, among other prizes. Veteran Race Officer, Jerry Rollin, is returning to oversee race management.
The Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta is organised annually by the Royal Selangor Yacht Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) and the Malaysia Sailing Association; assisted by the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN). The RMP’s Marine Police play an instrumental role in escorting the boats out to the starting points and back to the finish line in the whole regatta.
The main sponsors for the 2017 Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta are Tourism Malaysia, Selangor Tourism, container port Westports Malaysia and Scottish whisky brand Old Pulteney. The other sponsors are the Port Klang Authority and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA). The event is also supported by the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club.
The RMSIR Notice of Race is available on the event website and registration is still open. This year’s event retains it usual Class 1 to Class 7 categories along with the Class 0 division (Transpac 52 yachts). There are also Early Bird deals for those who register by 1 October 2017.
For more information, visit www.rmsir.com.