Raymarine, the marine electronics company that recently announced that it would end its title sponsorship of the Warsash Spring Series after the 2009 event, is using the Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR), to promote their gear.
The Original Single Handed Trans-Atlantic Race (OSTAR) is the world’s oldest solo ocean challenge, dating back to 1960. Some of the world’s greatest sailors have taken part since, including; Eric Tabarly, Pete Goss, Michael Desjoyeaux and Ellen MacArthur. The race starts 25 May 2009 from Plymouth, with the finish line at Newport, Rhode Island, USA, covering an estimated 300 nautical miles.
Reliance on navigational equipment, electronic charts, weather and routing software, as well as instruments, communications and autopilots is a fact of modern day offshore racing. Raymarine’s top engineers and product specialists will be working alongside teams from local Raymarine dealer Waypoint 1 to support in-warranty Raymarine electronics, communication, safety and autopilot equipment for the competitors. Waypoint 1 will also be offering a 15% discount on its labour rate for any competitors requiring work to be carried out on non-warrantied systems.
Bob Sims, who is heading up Raymarine’s race support for the OSTAR, says;
“At events such as this, it’s important to have product support on-hand for the skippers taking part. Issues come to light during the delivery voyage, or sometimes the skipper is coping with an unfamiliar new product installation – we can help them get the best from the equipment and show them to how to avoid potential problems under way. It has been known for difficulties to arise due to insufficient power available on board or faulty wiring, and if that puts out the autopilot or instruments during the race, then the skipper may have to retire. By providing a week of fully equipped and specialist service, we can help the skippers be as prepared as they can be for this gruelling endurance race.”