McMurdo has equipped the crew of a boat racing in the 2013 Transpacific (Transpac) Yacht Race with the company’s Smartfind S20 Survivor Recovery System (SRS).
The Tritium Racing entry, a 73-foot trimaran, left Los Angeles on Saturday (July 13) and is attempting to break the record of 5 days, 9 hours, 18 minutes and 26 seconds for the 2,225 nautical mile race to Honolulu. The Transpac dates to 1906 and is held every two years.
"Crew safety is a primary concern in competitive offshore racing. The S20 is specifically designed as a personal AIS search and rescue locating device to quickly and efficiently locate and retrieve a crew member in a MOB situation," said Bill Eastwood of McMurdo.
The McMurdo Smartfind S20 is worn on a lifejacket and activated by sliding off the safety tab and lifting an arming cap to deploy the antenna. The compact, lightweight unit sends alert messages, GPS position and a special identity code directly to AIS receivers within approximately a four nautical mile radius (depending on sea conditions).
No additional equipment is needed - the S20 ties directly into an existing AIS-enabled chart plotter and navigation system.
A unique, built-in, high precision GPS receiver - which updates every 60 seconds – assures accuracy of the data transmitted from the S20 SRS.
With precise location, distance and bearing data, fellow crew members (and nearby AIS-enabled receivers) receive all the information they need to locate the position of the person in difficulty and to enable a speedy recovery.
The S20 SRS will transmit continuously for up to 24 hours and has a seven year battery storage life. It is made of ultra durable ABS, waterproof to 15 feet, and includes a flashing LED light to aid with locating the activated unit at night.
For more information about the McMurdo Smartfind S20 SRS and other McMurdo safety and rescue products, visit www.mcmurdomarine.com.
Company information contact: Bill Eastwood, 1+585.424.0082 or [email protected].
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Transpac 2013 product news release prepared by Home Port Marine Marketing. www.homeportmarine.com.
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