The Raymarine Weather Briefing will form part of the pre-race preparation process for competitors in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, on Friday 29th June, 6pm in Cowes, Isle of Wight.
This year, as well as being able to attend the Weather Briefing in person, competitors will be able to view it live at a location of their choice via a new livestreaming service.
The Raymarine Weather Briefing is held at the Island Sailing Club at 6pm on the Friday before race day, 29 June, and attracts hundreds of competitors eager to gain as much information as possible about the anticipated race conditions.
Hosted by top meteorologist Libby Greenhalgh, the Weather Briefing gives a detailed breakdown of the weather conditions, the tide and sea state, as well as hints and tips on the best tactics for the race. In the lead up to the race day, Raymarine also provides daily weather forecasts via email and SMS for competitors signed up on the Raymarine website.
The Weather Briefing will be filmed and streamed live on the web using high-speed digital connectivity available on the Isle of Wight.
Competitors and anyone interested can watch the Weather Briefing live via their PC by logging onto Raymarine or the Island Sailing Club’s website, on Wight TV’s Channel 220, and on Event TV which will be shown in the many clubs, pubs and other public areas on the Isle of Wight.
It will also be shown live on the big screen in Cowes Yacht Haven. Many of the yacht clubs and marinas, where boats moor overnight prior to the race; will also be showing the Raymarine Weather Briefing on TV and PC screens.
Lea Bennett, Secretary of the Island Sailing Club, says the Raymarine Weather Briefing has become so popular that many people find it hard to get into the club to watch it live. “Livestreaming is an obvious next step now that the technology on the Isle of Wight enables large amounts of data to be sent out simultaneously. We still expect a large number of people to come and enjoy the Weather Briefing live, as it gives them the opportunity to ask questions and get one to one advice from Libby, from the experts at Raymarine and from the race team.”
For further information and to view the video updates visit www.raymarine.co.uk/RTIR2012