Wherever you are in the world, you will now be able to follow the racing as it happens during the 2008 RS:X World Championship.
The championship will be scored online and provide minute-by-minute updates on progress.
The 2008 RS:X Worlds, the last qualification event for nations wishing to compete in the Men's and/or Women's Windsurfing events at the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, starts on 10 January in Takapuna, New Zealand.
The new online scoring system has been extensively tested over the last two years in Belgium. Start times, mark roundings and finishes will be posted to the internet with a minimal time delay giving the armchair spectator the chance to follow races 'live' as they are taking place.
Go to www.theresults.org/rsxworlds/registrations.jsp
for more details on the results system and info on how to receive results by SMS.
Brief text reports will be sent to the RS:X Worlds website with the aid of Nokia mobile phones provided by Orb Communications, one of the sponsors of the 2008 RS:X World Championship. These Nokia phones will also be used to send mark roundings to the web at www.theresults.org/rsxworlds/registrations.jsp, which will automatically refresh itself every 10 seconds making the latest news available almost immediately.
Andrew CHARLESWORTH, the Orb Communications marketing manager said, "This is an innovative use of modern technology to deliver 'live' news to spectators around the world. We are pleased to be able to support this new initiative. Orb Communications is again at the forefront of the drive to provide our customers with the best possible service"
Rory RAMSDEN, the COO of the RS:X Class, said, "This is a ground-breaking innovation that brings elite Olympic Class Windsurf Racing closer to the sailing public around the world. New technology has a big role to play in making sailing more attractive and available."
RS:X World Championships - www.rsxclass.com/worlds2008.html