'Atlantic Olympic Rowers' to be Protected by Raymarine Technology

Raymarine, a leading manufacturer of recreational marine electronics, is supporting the upcoming Olympic Royal Row (OAR) in which a two-man crew will row 2,000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean.


The duo, entrepreneur and adventurer Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris and Roz Savage, an environmental campaigner and one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world, plan to depart St John’s Newfoundland around 14th May 2012. 


The rowers are departing from Canada to arrive in England in time to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. The route undertaken by the OAR crew has never before been attempted in an ocean rowing boat.


Raymarine’s navigation equipment is set to play a vital role in the epic OAR challenge with various technical modifications to Morris and Savage’s 24ft ocean rowing boat, Bojangles. The boat itself is designed to build and withstand extreme weather conditions at sea.


“Our Raymarine equipment is critical for a safe crossing,” said Mos and Roz in a joint statement.


“It will give us easy access to reliable, accurate data, in a low maintenance system. It’s essential for our safety, speed and to keep us to schedule, with the added benefit that it’s all integrated and easy to use. 


Bojangles is made from Kevlar Carbon composite foam sandwich material, with self-righting and safety features by Raymarine which include navigation, communication and safety equipment devices like the Raymarine e7 compact multifunction display and the Raymarine AIS65.


The Raymarine AIS65 will enable Bojangles to be seen clearly by larger vessels, as well as alerting Morris and Savage to nearby ships. Also onboard is the Raymarine ST60+ Speed instrument display with easy to use push button controls and superior viewing of data at day or night.


Said Mos and Roz: “We expect the e7 to be one of our most vital pieces of equipment. The AIS will allow us to track the presence of vessels and their speed in shipping lanes.


“Just as importantly, Raymarine’s “see and be seen” capability significantly improves our navigational safety by making our boat visible on the chart and radar displays of much larger vessels.”  


Other technologies include the Raymarine LifeTag personal wireless man overboard system. It uses the latest in radio frequency broadcast technology to monitor the tagged crew, making sure they are safe and sound onboard.


For further details visit www.olympicatlanticrow.com

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