IonEarth tracking transponders will be distributed at the Skippers Meeting for the 45th running on the Transpacific Yacht Race. The Skippers Meeting will take place at the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific at 1500.
The Transpacific Yacht Club is working with IonEarth to track the fleet in the most enduring and greatest yacht race in the world. IonEarth will track the 48-boat Transpac fleet from the start off of Point Fermin through the time that the boats touch the dock in Hawaii.
IonEarth software coupled with Iridium’s satellite network has been utilized to keep an eye on competitors along the 1,000-plus mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race track, the off-road racers in the Baja 500 and other desert racing competitions and offshore races such as the Canada’s Cup. Just as in these races, the data will be helpful in bringing excitement of the race to the Transpac fans all over the world and it will provide comfort to race organizers, family and friends of those racing.
To track your favorite Transpac boat and see how it is doing in comparison to the rest of its division and the fleet, go to the front page of www.TranspacRace.com, the official website of the 45th running of the Transpacific Yacht Race, the most enduring and greatest ocean race in the world. Tracking information will be supplied as soon as the first gun goes off at 1300 PST on Monday, June 29th. The second start is on Thursday, July 2 and the final start takes place on July 5th. Intentionally delayed tracking updates will be provided frequently throughout the race, as is customary in ocean races.
Transpac Pier at Rainbow Harbor is the epicenter of Transpac sailors’ lives as they prepare for their start. It is located within walking distance of The Aquarium of the Pacific, one of the largest aquariums in the United States. Its exhibits take visitors on a journey throughout the Pacific Ocean's three regions: Southern California/Baja, the Tropical Pacific, and the Northern Pacific. Those attending the Skippers Meeting will gather at the Aquarium’s Honda Theater before proceeding to the meeting. Among the goodies that the skippers will receive are seven free passes to the aquarium, so that their crew can appreciate this special attraction and learn a little more about the 2,225-miles stretch of ocean they are about to cross.