Dobbs Davis to provide Bermuda Race commentary, Yellowbrick will track competitors
By John Rousmaniere
NEWPORT, R.I., April 17, 2012 – The Bermuda Race Organizing Committee has announced that sailor-journalist Dobbs Davis will provide online commentary during the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, and that Yellowbrick Tracking Ltd. will provide tracking services.
Sailor-journalist Dobbs Davis will provide race commentary during the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, which starts June 15th
A widely experienced, successful racing sailor, Dobbs Davis (Annapolis, Md.) has competed in five Newport Bermuda Races and other major races as navigator, tactician, and sail-trimmer. Davis is U.S. Editor for Seahorse magazine and a regular contributor to Sailing World, Sail, and other publications.
“The Newport Bermuda Race is deservedly an ocean racing classic,” Davis said. “It brings in all the relevant tests of offshore sailing skills: boat and team preparation, weather and current analysis, sail selection and strategy, coordinated teamwork, and safety. Winners are those that excel in all these factors.”
Yellowbrick’s GPS transponders send position data automatically, simultaneously, and without drawing from the boat’s battery.
Yellowbrick Tracking Ltd. will provide services and equipment to the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race that track boats’ positions on the race website, www.BermudaRace.com, and Yellowbrick’s iPhone/Android mobile app. Public display of positions will be delayed six hours during the first 48 hours of the race after the June 15th start so crews do not gain a tactical advantage by knowing other boats’ exact positions. Subsequent displays will be in real time.
Yellowbrick also provides tracking for the Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex Sydney-Hobart Race, Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac, Bayview to Mackinac Yacht Race, RORC Caribbean 600, Velux 5 Oceans, World Gliding Championships, and other events.
The 2012 Newport Bermuda Race starts on June 15th off Castle Hill, Newport, RI and finish several days later off St. David’s Head, Bermuda. Competitors in the 635-mile race will sail almost entirely out of sight of land in the St. David’s Lighthouse (amateur) Division, Cruiser (amateur) Division, Double Handed Division, Gibbs Hill (professional) Division, Open (professional) Division, or Spirit of Tradition Division.