Keeping up with the team when they’re racing around Greenland will be tough - but that’s where YB Tracking comes in.
During the three-day Arctic Circle Race, The Arctic V will be carrying a very special piece of kit that’ll transmit their location every 15 minutes - so you can always keep on top of their progress (just scroll down to see the map). They’ll be carrying a YB3; a yellow and black device that looks a lot like an old-school mobile phone. This very clever tracker will get their GPS position, relay the signal over satellite and add their position to our user-friendly map.
Here are some facts and figures about YB tracking and their adventure-friendly kit:
The kit is totally waterproof, windproof, and can withstand long periods in freezing temperatures. It’s also got bluetooth connectivity and can be charged using any device with a USB portal.
It’s lifesaving kit. As it’s primarily used during yachting races, sometimes it’s the only way a crew can keep in touch with the outside world, and is the first sign that something’s gone wrong - for example, the boat may have veered off course, or someone may pick up on the fact nobody’s sent any messages for a while.
Famous users include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who took a YB Tracking device on his trip to the South Pole, and many Blue Peter presenters who have used YB’s kit during their worldwide adventures.
The device can ‘ping’ back a user’s position every minute if required, but The Arctic V have their device geared up to relay their position every 15 minutes.
One battery charge will last up to a month transmitting every 15 minutes. At slower transmission rates, it can last up to a year!
Even if the gang have no mobile reception, it’s no problem - their device works far beyond the reach of WiFi and GSM networks, using the global Iridium satellite network.
Adventurers can also send text messages back with their GPS location, so watch out for any updates from Chemmy and the gang.
"It’s very exciting. When the team approached us and said they needed a tracking device, I knew we had exactly what they needed. It’s really easy to follow their progress on the user-friendly map and we’re looking forward to reading their updates! We wish them all the luck in the world and hope that they enjoy their time in Greenland."
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