ORIENT BAY--Dauphin Telecom is on board as a partner and its data network will be key in live tracking all competitors during the three racing days (February 21-23) at the Caribbean Foiling Championships, organisers stated.
Foiling is an extreme sport. Nowadays, foilers are capable of reaching speeds of over 40 knots (74km/h). Because they are so fast and cover such great distances during races it is sometimes challenging to keep an eye on everybody.
“Our number one priority is that all competitors are safe on the water, and that is why we teamed up with Dauphin Telecom as our communication partner,” stated organizer of the Caribbean Foiling Championships Maxim van den Pol. “In order to make sure that everybody is safe, the organization took several safety precautions. A helmet and a Personal Flotation Device are mandatory for example.”
Competitors are also required to stay within two miles off the shore and there will be safety boats and jet skis following them. In addition, competitors are required to carry a tracking device. This will be in the form of an application that competitors will be able to download on their smartphone.
To be able to track participants, a GPS signal must be sent. Dauphin Telecom offers the solution. All participants receive a Dauphin Telecom SIM card with the required amount of data. On top of that all competitors receive a waterproof case to keep their phone dry while racing.
“Thanks to the reliable network of Dauphin Telecom, we will know where all racers are at all times. It is nice to see how an innovative sport embraces the use of modern technology,” added co-organiser Sacha van der Wouden.
The Dauphin Telecom SIM cards, data and waterproof phone cases will be given to the participants during registration on Thursday, February 20, from 9:00 to 5:00pm or at late registration next morning.
“The use of a tracking app also has other advantages besides its primary safety objective. By using the tracking application, competitors can review their performance afterwards to compare speeds and sailed courses. Besides that, friends, family and foiling enthusiasts can follow the races live online,” says Maxim.
The link to the tracking page can be found on the event page www.caribbeanfoiling.com/tracking.
The Caribbean Foiling Championships will celebrate its first edition in 2020 from February 21 to 23 in Orient Bay. This new and innovative event will offer three days of racing for professional as well as leisure kite/windsurf foilers. With trade winds, crystal clear waters and everyday sunshine, this island paradise is the perfect setting for this
one-of-a-kind event, the first big kite and wind foiling event in the Caribbean.