GPS tracking to be used

The 470 Junior World Championships goes high tech with online GPS mapping

Wednesday July 27th 2005, Author: Darren Dunkley-Smith, Location: United Kingdom
A project by the Russian Sailing Federation, 470 Internationale ,St Petersburg City and Web Arena will enable the viewing of real time dinghy championships on-line for what has to be the first time in the Sports history.

At the 470 Junior (Under 22) World Championships in St Petersburg, 30 boats are fitted with transponders and will be feeding live visuals onto a huge screen on the beach and to the Internet.  The Championship features almost 80 competitors from 19 Nations. 

ISAF President, Goran Petersson recently said in an interview with Sailing World magazine, "... This is the way to make it interesting for the spectator. ...We want to see as many nations as you like on the screen so you can tell your viewers what position they are in and if they improve two places... Let's provide more information quickly and accurately."

Racing at the Junior Worlds starts on the today, with the Finals between the 30th of July and the 2nd of August.

Croatia's Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic will be looking to repeat their recent win in the Junior European Championship in Estonia just three weeks ago.  But there will be stiff competition from the Polish, French and strong Russian Teams.   Emmanuelle Rol and Anne Sophie Thilo will be favorites for the Women's win but Israel's Noa Botzer and Laia Trajtenberg were disappointed with their third in Tallinn and will be tough to beat.

The Internet feeds of Racing will be linked from the 470 Home of www.470.org .   (A working knowledge of Russian may be handy but I for one are determined to see the Action on-line.)

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