Cowes Week goes 21st century

Cowes Combined Clubs to harness new technology during annual August bash

Thursday June 6th 2002, Author: James Boyd/Sarah Mudie, Location: United Kingdom
Technology comes to Cowes Week
From this year there will no longer be an excuse to get the course wrong, for in addition to the course board at the Squadron and the course announcements over VHF radio, Cowes Combined Clubs will also be transmitting course info by SMS text messaging to mobile phones. "We'll shortly be asking all competitors if they want to do this," commented Race Director Stuart Quarrie. "At the 10 minute gun we'll text all the competitors what course they are on". It is planned that the system will be set up so that other messages can also be sent through to the fleet or individual classes about squall warnings or race abandonments.

Skandia Squad
If you have a story of Passion, Courage, Commitment, Contribution, and Creativity - Skandia's core values - then you may be one of five boats the insurance company will sponsor for Cowes Week this year. Proposals should be sent to: Skandia Squad Entries, FREEPOST, SO1641, Southampton, SO14 7YE or

Iain Percy
Olympic Gold medalist Iain Percy will be on hand for the first four days to sail on the Skandia Squad boats, and will then join Ben Ainslie to compete in the Britannia Cup Race.

Tracy Edwards MBE
Internationally renowned yachtswoman Tracy Edwards will be presenting the overall prizes on Cowes Parade on Saturday 10th on behalf of title sponsor
Skandia Life and Event Organisers Cowes Combined Clubs.

Skandia Atlantic Spirit
Four men, a small boat and a great big ocean! The Skandia Ocean Row Team will be on hand to share their experiences and demonstrate how their boat
dealt with the extraordinary conditions during their record breaking attempt. These guys are the epitome of all Skandia's core values of Passion, Courage, Commitment, Contribution, and Creativity.

Loch Earn
This year Skandia have spread their sponsorship of sailing events and are delighted to be sponsoring the Loch Earn Scottish Schools Sailing Championships this June. The winners of the Championship will be joining the Skandia race team on board a Sunfast 37 during Skandia Life Cowes Week 2002.

We will shortly be asking all competitiors if they want tous it. Already agument coursesboard and radio. Mobile phone on the boat. Database, sorted by class and group. At 10 minute gun text them what their course. First time.

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