Yellowbrick, the world’s largest truly-global tracking provider will be tracking a host of exciting races and events taking place across the globe this summer. With events spanning the UK, Europe, the USA and even the other side of the world in Australia, Yellowbrick tracking means there’s no need to miss out on the action no matter where in the world you are!
Tracking devices from Yellowbrick enable online supporters to follow real-time position progress of individuals taking part in adventurous treks, trans-ocean yacht races and many other ventures into areas where conventional communication devices will not work, thanks to its use of the Iridium Satellite network.
In addition to following the action online, the Yellowbrick iPhone App also allows supporters to follow live race tracking on their mobile phones. Completely free to download, the App can be found by going to the App store and searching for ‘Yellowbrick’. Within the app users are able to purchase the race they would like to watch with prices from £0.99 to £1.99 depending on the duration and size of the race.
Some of the events to look out for this summer and the web addresses to view the action include:
ARC 2012-12, St Lucia, January 2012 – April 2013
Currently underway, 39 boats in the World ARC fleet departed from St Lucia in January 2012 to start an epic 26,000 nautical mile adventure around the world in 15 months, finishing back in Saint Lucia in April 2013.
Rally Portugal, Portugal, 03 June
Starting from Plymouth, Rally Portugal 2012 crosses the Bay of Biscay to Bayona, then hops down the coast of Portugal in a series of short sails (longest 75NM), finishing up in Lagos with a final prize- giving Dinner on 27 June.
500 Mile Solo & Doublehanded Race, Netherlands, 08 June
Taking place from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, the 500-Mile Solo Qualifier is organised to offer sailors from the countries bordering the North Sea the possibility of qualifying for the shorthanded long-distance races. In addition the 500-Mile Doublehanded Race offers participants a challenging medium distance shorthanded course.
Watski Skagerrak TwoStar, Norway, 13-16 June
A doublehanded race that uses the rough Skagerrak Sea as its playground and considered the greatest doublehanded race in Scandinavia.
Newport Bermuda Race 2012, 15 June
Run since 1926 by the Cruising Club of America and Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, the Newport Bermuda race sees over 180 boats race over a 635 mile course, crossing a stretch of the Atlantic and usually lasting three to six days.
Three Peaks Yacht Race, Barnmouth, 16 June
The oldest and most extreme multi-sport endurance race in the world. Teams will sail from Barmouth to Fort William, with two of the crew climbing the highest mountains of Wales, England and Scotland en route, running the equivalent of three marathons in 3 or 4 days.
Bergen Shetland Race, 20 – 25 June
The Bergen to Shetland race is the most challenging and spectacular event of the North Sea. The race provides an opportunity to spend time in Norway or Shetland – an excellent opportunity to explore two fantastic destinations.
Wicklow Round Ireland Yacht Race, 24 June
The Round Ireland Yacht Race is Ireland’s premier offshore sailing race and is held every two years by Wicklow Sailing Club in association with the Royal Ocean Racing Club. The 704 nautical mile race, which was first held in 1980, still retains the original course.
Singlehanded TransPacific 2012, San Francisco, 30 June
Held every other year, the Singlehanded TransPacific Yacht Race takes place from San Francisco Bay, California to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii, covering a distance of 2,120 nautical miles.
Vic-Maui Race, 5 & 7 July
The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race, first contested in 1968, is the pinnacle of Pacific Northwest ocean racing. Vic-Maui runs every second year, from Victoria, British Columbia and finishing near Lahaina, Maui, a distance of approximately 2,308 nautical miles. The cruising division starts on 05 July and the racing division classes start on 07 July.
The Tall Ship Races, France, Portugal, Spain & Ireland, 5 July – 26 August
Designed to encourage international friendship and training for young people in the art of sailing, the races are held annually in European waters and consists of two racing legs of several hundred nautical miles, and a "cruise in company" between the legs. Over half of the crew of each ship participating in the races must consist of young people.
Wateraid 6 Peaks Challenge, British Isles, 6 – 9 July
With 50 miles to walk, 20,000 feet to ascend, 1,000 miles to drive and two sea crossings, the Wateraid 6 Peaks Challenge is one of the toughest mountain challenges in Great Britain and Ireland, scaling the most famous peaks in the British Isles and all in aid of Wateraid.
Skagerrak Across, Norway – Denmark, 6 July 2012
Tvedestrand race club organises Skagerrak Across, a race from Norway to Denmark and back, covering 144nm on open sea.
Halifax St. Pierre Ocean Race, Halifax, 8 July
The Route Halifax - Saint-Pierre race 2012 is a world class ocean race held every two years (opposite the Marblehead - Halifax race) from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada to Saint-Pierre, France off of beautiful coastal Newfoundland.
Nieuwpoort Channel Race, Belgium, 8 – 14 July
An international long distance regatta departing from Nieuwpoort in Belgium to the Isle of Wight with two routes available (540 or 320 nm).
Bayview Mackinac, 14 July
Recognised as one of the most challenging freshwater boat races in the world, the Bayview Mackinac sees racers sail Michigan’s Great Lakes to reach their final destination, Mackinac Island.
Pacific Cup, Hawaii, 16 July
Billed as ‘The Fun Race to Hawaii’, the Pacific Yacht Club’s Pacific Cup is a 2,070 nautical mile yacht race from San Francisco to Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. Running for over 26 years, the cup sees hundreds of entries from 24-foot doublehanders to 140 foot spectaculars and lasts approximately two weeks with an awards ceremony taking place at Kaneohe Yacht Club on August 02.
Lake Ontario 300 Challenge, 21 July
The greatest yacht race on the lakes – the Lake Ontario 300 Challenge is a 300 mile circumnavigation of Lake Ontario, starting in Port Credit, ON and returning to the same location. The race also includes a 200 mile course for white sail and slower spinnaker yachts.
Chicago Mackinac, 21 July
The oldest annual freshwater distance race in the world, the Chicago Yacht Club’s 104th Race to Mackinac will see more than three hundred fifty boats leave Chicago’s Navy Pier for a 333 mile dash to Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Audi Sydney Gold Coast, Sydney, 28 July
On Saturday 28 July 2012 the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will start its 27th annual Audi Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race, an event that is second only in status to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race among long ocean races conducted by the Club.
Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race, 03 August
This 348 nautical mile race starts from just east of Green Island on Brisbane's beautiful Moreton Bay, with yachts cruising along the shorelines of the world famous Fraser Island before crossing the Tropic of Capricorn bound for Keppel Bay Marina.
Polonez Cup 2012, Poland, 13-18 August
The Baltic single-handed Polonez Cup Race is a sailing event with great tradition, and is one of the most difficult and longest seagoing regatta on the Baltic Sea.
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