Dan and Will aren't just relying on pure muscle to win the Atlantic Challenge. They will also have help from all the latest gadgets and gizmo’s.
One of the key items Dan and Will have taken with them is a sat phone. They are required to keep the phone switched on for at least an hour every day to ensure the support teams can keep in contact.
The majority of the technology was supplied courtesy of SIMRAD, one of the oldest names in marine technology. This includes a NAIS-400 - an automatic identification system (AIS) radar transponder which sends out a signal that can be picked up by vessels nearby, or satellites. This means that they can be tracked by other boats, support yachts, coastguards and the rest of the world via the Yellowbrick app. To support this they have a 6.4” NSS7 touchscreen chartplotter display which will show their position on a map as well as any nearby vessels, updating itself every few milliseconds. From this they can see how far they have come and plan a suitable route to progress on whilst avoiding all other vessels.
To help steer Blue Steel, Dan and Will have two TP32 tillerpilots which help automatically steer the boat in conjunction with a controller. They also have two IS40 display units which show important information such as wind, speed, depth, heading, autopilot status, engine data and much more. If they do run into any trouble they can use their RS12 VHF radio to communicate across the radio waves as well as a HH33 handheld VHF radio if they find themselves separated from their main radio unit.
All of these different pieces of technology are linked together using a GPS antenna. Everything is built into the boat so the wires don’t get in the way and cause Dan or Will to fall overboard. And to charge all of their equipment they have five solar panels which supply energy to sockets in the cabin.
But of course the most important piece of technology that Dan and Will have taken with them is from their own kit - a good old fashioned iPod to help them pass the time on their two hour rowing stints.
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