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Kish Light in Play as Race Trackers Used to Start & Finish Tonight's ISORA Offshore Race to Isle of Man

3rd June 2016
The Kish Light marks the start line in tonight's ISORA race from Dublin to the Isle of Man The Kish Light marks the start line in tonight's ISORA race from Dublin to the Isle of Man Photo: CIL

Tonight's ISORA race start from Dublin will be a silent one; there will be no committee boat, flags or sounds. 

The start has been relocated between North Kish and the Kish light seven miles out into Dublin Bay in order to ensure the fleet get enough wind to start their 80–mile race to the Isle of Man.

In what is most likely a first for Irish sailing the start will be at 20.30 BST as noted on the GPS and will be monitored by the race trackers.

The sailing instructions now state: 'The ISORA YB tracking will provide the Race Management with an accurate position of each boat in the start area. Boats that are deemed by YB to have crossed the start line will receive a time penalty of one minute for every one second over the line'.

A further amendment states: 'Boats going to and in the starting area can use their engines up to the start line provided they complete a 360 degree turn after turning off the engine'.

With the trackers now doing both the start and the finish – This will be a very innovative and interesting scenario.

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