Yellowbrick Remote GPS Tracking System Follows the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race

Darwin to Ambon Race and RallyRemote GPS tracking technology of YBTracking is called on to monitor the blue water annual rally.

The Darwin to Ambon Race and Rally  is an event for any blue water sailor on the look out for an adventure, and this year the remote GPS tracking solution is provided by the ubiquitous Yellowbricks.

A visit to Ambon in the Spice Islands by a Darwin radio tech in 1976 led to the idea of the first Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race later that year. The 600 mile race attracted six yachts in its first year. For months afterwards, stories from returning yachties told of the incredible sailing, overwhelming hospitality of the friendly locals, the amazing beauty and cultural diversity. Clearly this would become an unmissable annual event.

Entries increased over the years as the event’s reputation spread and the tradition grew. Yachts came from further afield and crews started to use Ambon as a base to visit some of the 13,000 islands of Indonesia. Some sailed north to Manado and onto the Raja Muda Selangor Regatta. Others headed southwest to the Buton Passage and then on to visit the famous Komodo Dragons or to Macassar or Bali and beyond.

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A big factor in the  popularity of the race was the excellent facilities Darwin offered for yachts and their crews. For many, Darwin would be the last access to western comforts and familiar language for months.

The race start grew from the low key departure of the inaugural race fleet to a festival atmosphere attracting large crowds to many of Darwin Harbour’s cliff-top and beachside vantage points.
Daily position reports along with commentary on weather and seas were soon being published and broadcast.

The media coverage served two purposes – family and friends were able to follow the fortunes of their favourites, and wider community interest in the race grew as people learned more about it. This holds even more true now, with the race’s remote GPS tracking by Yellowbrick providing live feeds to the web.

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Covering the race, start to finish with Yellowbrick remote GPS Tracking

Race entrants have continued to grow, and 2011 event attracted a large racing fleet, including national and international yachts as well as the locals. This years fleet has twenty confirmed to set sail on the 23rd of August.

The fleet will begin their 634 nautical mile voyage through the Arafura Sea to the Indonesian island of Sermata east of Timor Leste. Then they sail through the depths of the Banda Sea, passing close to the Island of Damar, and then on to Ambon. Yachts usually enjoy favourable winds until they enter Ambon Harbour, and the hills around it, bringing them to a slow finish.

On arrival, yachts are welcomed by a parachute flare, which also alerts the locals of the arrival of another vessel, and many head to the beach to watch and welcome the newcomers.

Speed, course and position, all reported live with Yellowbrick Remote GPS Tracking system

BoatingThe race record, set by John Punch in 1998 aboard Zuma, is 53hrs 29min 50sec. This was fiercely contested in 2010 by Wayne Huxley, aboard Cruise Missile, but remains unbeaten. The monohull race record was reset by Garth Curren in 2011, aboard Walk on the Wildside, when he beat his own record by 4hrs 52min. The new monohull race record is 64hrs 05min 22sec.

Each vessel will be equipped with a Yellowbrick Remote GPS tracking device throughout the race. The Yellowbrick makes it possible for friends, family, race organisers and supporters from around the world to follow the fleet via an online map.

The remote GPS tracking system will collect and send several vital bits of information, such as GPS co-ordinates, speed and direction every fifteen minutes. You can track the fleet  and find out more information about the race by visiting the official website.

You can find out more and purchase a Yellowbrick, Remote GPS tracking device in Australia, only at G-Layer!

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