SAFETY has been a major priority for race co-ordinators throughout past seasons of the event and 2017 is no exception.
The slogan ‘‘swim on race day — no way’’ has become a popular message as of late and is important for everyone planning on watching the race to keep in mind.
Not only will Moama Water Sports Club committee members encourage spectators to remain out of the water on race day, but they will also have added safety features for racing teams.
This season the committee has introduced RaceSafe H2O to all boats.
The technology is based on the RallySafe system already in place for popular motor sports events across Australia to provide vehicle-to-vehicle communication during races and minimise the risk of accidents.
The device automatically transmits hazard warnings and vehicle status data from one vehicle to the next through its in-car units as well as enabling drivers direct contact with race control during the event.
The same technology has been adapted for ski racing events and can be fitted to boats for use by the driver and observer throughout the race.
RaceSafe H20 operations manager Jobe Sims said the most important facet of the device was race management.
‘‘You’re able to see where all the vehicles are at any point in time and can be instantly made aware when they require medical assistance,’’ he said.
‘‘At the moment we’re running throughout all the Ski Racing Australia events, which is 12 over the annual ski racing calendar.
‘‘We’re used in races from the Barry Beehag and Mildura to the Hawkesbury River.’’
Mr Sims said events often approached the company to implement the system, which had been used by the Southern 80 for four consecutive years.
The systems include an accelerometer, a radio transceiver, GPS, GSM and satellite communications capabilities to give race control constant, precise information and contact to ensure even greater safety for teams.
Boats will have the capability to not only receive warnings with the new technology, they will also be able to send messages to race control if they encounter any problems throughout the race.