You need to have and maintain a race tracker. This is both for the entertainment of the wider universe, glued to their screens ogling the race updates and also for us to track and manage the race.
We will be supplying you with a Delorme InReach tracker. This will need to be set to track every 10 minutes and kept charged during the race. We've got some advice on the kind of powerpack you'll need in 'What to Pack.'
Delorme estimates that the trackers will run for around 80hrs at a 10-minute tracking interval.
Our race HQ will be checking the trackers at all times and will be using them to position support boats, watch for rules infringements, course deviations, unsafe behaviour, suspected incidents, SOS messages, etc.
They are also a 2 way satellite messaging device, so we will use them to issue warnings, weather updates, race holds, or other pertinent information. This in no way nullifies your duty to keep yourself legal and safe.
You will be required to use the trackers to send a message to confirm start time and check-in on land, e.g. "setting sail" or "here for the night"
We will give you training in using the trackers on the start line and you will have a chance to play with them so you are familiar with their operation before you set forth into the unknown.
For the world watching
Your trackers will pipe your location to our tracking system. This will go live a day or so before the race and allow the public to see how you are getting on in the race.
You can also post updates, photographs and video into the same system.