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    Re: Follow the Sydney Hobart online
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2002 Dec 23, 10:04 +1100

    They have, for as long as I can remember, had regular radio 'skeds' to each 
    update their new position, so its no secret. One year, before GPS, one 
    navigator in the heat of the moment reported a position that put him near 
    Alice Springs (the centre
    of the continent).
    There is not a lot else happening on TV at that time (and Australians love 
    sport, especially from the comfort of the couch with cold beer in hand);  
    there is extensive coverage here, including live video from various boats. 
    Its become a hi-tech
    event followed by everyone, not just boaties. Unlike other yacht races 
    (America's Cup!) there is nearly always some sort of drama (last year 
    waterspouts, 'twisters' or columns of vertical rotating water), its usually a 
    good show. Typical weather
    alternates between fine weather north-easterlies, meaning spinnaker runs and 
    great speed, and southerly 'busters' that oft-times come roaring up; meaning 
    the potential for great drama, broken masts and tears.
    Jared Sherman wrote:
    > Wow, Peter, a way to "televise" ocean races at last.
    > Has there been any protest or regulation to prevent the yachts from using 
    public transmissions or other means or receiving the same data so they can 
    also watch their competition? That has always been the complaint against this 
    type of procedure.

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