GPS Tracking delivers the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race LIVE to the world

Date of Issue: 20th April 2010

One of the largest GPS event tracking initiatives ever undertaken using mobile phone technology


Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK: The Island Sailing Club and title sponsor J.P. Morgan Asset Management are introducing live GPS tracking for all boats taking part in the 2010 Round the Island Race on Saturday 19th June.  First announced at the London Boat Show in January, the Race organisers have been working hard over the past few months to refine and thoroughly test the technology.

Competitors with compatible equipment will be able to download a small piece of software that will allow their mobile phone or laptop to become a real-time GPS tracking device. The device’s position will be periodically transmitted to the official Race website, where a simple, easy-to-use race viewer will allow visitors to monitor the progress of individual boats throughout the race.

The tracking solution has been developed by the Race Technology Partner, Next Generation Results and funded by J.P. Morgan Asset Management. It will be one of the largest GPS event tracking initiatives ever undertaken with mobile phone technology, and possibly the largest in terms of yacht races.

The system is being billed as a trial in its first year, although the Island Sailing Club believes that a large percentage of the 1700+ fleet will almost certainly want to sign up to being tracked and will have the mobile phone technology to take part.

Watch LIVE as the Race unfolds
Competitors with GPS-equipped mobile phones or laptops will be able to have their position broadcast onto a live tracking platform that will be available on the official Race website throughout the day. This will allow friends and family and sailing fans from around the globe to watch the race unfold LIVE.  Visitors will be able to select the boats they want to follow when they open the Race Viewer and the live tracking will commence from the very first start time of 0500hrs right through to 22.30hrs, which is 30 minutes after the time limit set by the Island Sailing Club for yachts to cross the finish line in order to have officially completed the Race.

Website spectators will be able to search and select up to 10 boats that they want to follow at any one time through the Race Viewer. Boats will be searchable via their name and class. Each boat tracked will show its elapsed time from the race start and current GPS co-ordinates.

The competitors also benefit from this tracking technology as they will be able to replay their race and compare their performance with their rivals to see where they got it right – or wrong!

There will be areas of weak or no coverage as the fleet progresses around the Island, especially under the cliffs at the back of the Island and also if the boats move offshore. The ISC say that viewers musn’t worry if a boat disappears from view; it is more than likely that they have run out of battery or simply have no signal!

The list of compatible mobile phones for tracking will be made available on the Race website shortly. The Tracker application will be available for download from 1 June and the latest date competitors can register a device is 18th June.

More details of supported equipment and how to register for the service will be available on the race website at



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  • The Island Sailing Club is grateful for the continued support of the 2010 Race Title Sponsor, J.P. Morgan Asset Management, and the 2010 Race Partners: Beneteau, Britannia Events, Haven Knox-Johnston, Nautica Watches, Old Pulteney Whisky, Raymarine, Red Funnel and Volvo Car UK
  • Nautica Watches sponsor the Outstanding Seamanship Award. Contact: Dan Calvert, UK Marketing Manager. T +44 208 326 6900
  • The 2010 Event will be J.P. Morgan Asset Management’s 6th year as title sponsor and they have just announced continuation of their title sponsorship up to and including 2012
  • The Round the Island Race was first established in 1931 – 2010 is the 79th edition.
  • The Race starts and finishes in Cowes, Isle of Wight, the centre of British yachting
  • It is an all-encompassing event that caters for and embraces first timers, families, amateurs and professionals competing at the highest level. The event strapline is ‘Britain’s Favourite Yacht Race’
  • The J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the 4th largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs, with around 16,000 sailors taking part over the course of one day
  • A record 1,875 boats were entered in 2008
  • The current monohull race record was set by Mike Slade (ICAP Leopard) in 2008 at 3.53.05
  • The multihull race record still stands at Francis Joyon’s 2001 time of 3.08.29
  • 2009 enjoyed the 4th highest entry in the history of the race. Of the 1,779 boats entered in 2009, 1,566 boats completed the 50 nautical mile westwards course within the time limit
  • £100,000 was raised for charities in 2009

Full details and results from the 2009 Race can be found on the official website

We have some sublime imagery available that is free for editorial use with a photographer’s credit.
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or you need the password access to download images, please contact the ISC’s Race Press Officer, Peta Stuart-Hunt.

Images from the 2009 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race are available repro-free from

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Media Enquiries to:

Peta Stuart-Hunt
Island Sailing Club Press Officer
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race

+44 (0) 1590 679 621
+44 (0) 7711 477 707


Jo Grindley or Dan Wilkinson
Into the Blue for J.P. Morgan Asset Management

+44 (0) 1983 247 286

Event Enquiries to:
Lea Bennett
Club Secretary
Island Sailing Club

+44 (0) 1983 296 621

Diary Date: Race day 2010 is on Saturday 19th June | First start time: 05:00


2 responses to “GPS Tracking delivers the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race LIVE to the world

  1. GPS monitoring devices are being used for a variety of events from security detail at the Olympics and Super Bowl to dog sled races in Alaska. GPS tracking technology has truly made the world smaller and more connected.

    • Thank you for your comment.
      Indeed we are well aware of the tracking undertaken in other forms of sport and events, but in terms of major yachting events, we believe this to be the largest ever such trial to take place on one day – 19th June. Fingers crossed!

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