KattackTM Race Player at Acura Miami
There’s been a new face to race reporting this winter at the Acura Miami
Grand Prix and Key West Race Week. The Minneapolis based Kattack Performance
Application was used extensively at both venues to allow competitors and viewers
worldwide to see the exact detail of what happened on the race course. The
Kattack player uses standard handheld GPS units and proprietary software to
create digital playbacks of the racing for post race viewing on the web.
At Key West, Gary Jobson used the Kattack playback data as part of his ESPN
video coverage that focused on key races each day. According to Jobson “Kattack
instantly explains the racing in a detailed and entertaining manner. World class
tacticians and people new to the sport can all learn from the Kattack Race
At the Acura Miami Grand Prix Kattack provided race playback of all the fleets
and all the races. Links from the event press releases and results web page
linbked directly to the Kattack website where viewers could watch Quicktime
videos of the Race Player data. This allowed viewers to see how those results
came to be and let even casual viewers into the play-by-play details of the
“The video replay option is new for us. The Race Player is more detailed but
Quicktime videos reach a wider viewing audience that sponsors want race
organizers to reach,” states Kattack Vice President Steve Palm. “The Kattack
Player is a simple download and install with obvious viewing advantages, but the
video is compelling and instantly available to anyone with broadband internet
Kattack web traffic for the Grand Prix was phenomenal. Traffic to
www.Kattack.com rivaled traffic to the web organizers web site and nearly
doubled Kattack’s list of Race Player registered users. Race data videos will
remain online for several months after the event.
Although race playback data isn’t new, the Kattack system allows large fleets of
boats to be tracked in a simple, lightweight and affordable package. While other
systems can only be used on large offshore boats or match racing, the Kattack
system can be used by most any regatta, yacht club, or even for individual
training. Several clubs have already signed up to include Kattack race tracking
as part of their regular season long racing program and Kattack is planning to
be at many regattas this summer providing race support.
Celebrating The Nation’s Best: Smith And
Railey Receive Top Sailing Awards
|Paige Railey left and Jud Smith right with Rolex
Yachtswoman and Yachtsman of the Year awards.
Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) and Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) took center
stage yesterday during a special luncheon in the model room of the New York
Yacht Club in Manhattan. The sailors are US SAILING’s Rolex Yachtsman and
Yachtswoman of the Year, this country’s most prestigious honor in the sport.
They were recognized for their outstanding on-the-water performances during the
2006 calendar year and presented with engraved Rolex timepieces. Emceeing the
event was Gary Jobson, while Rolex President and CEO Allen Brill awarded the
watches with assistance from US SAILING’s President Jim Capron and Executive
Director Charles Leighton.
Smith was recognized for his victories at several Etchells regattas, including
the World Championship, as well as for his wins in several other classes. In
addition to the Etchells Worlds, Smith won the class’ North American
Championship, Lands’ End Annapolis NOOD Regatta, Florida State Championship and
Acura Miami Race Week. Proving his versatility on other boats, Smith also won
the Rhodes 19 National and East Coast Championships. He also crewed on the class
winners at the Rolex Big Boat Series, the Lands’ End Chicago NOOD Regatta and
the Verve Cup.
“Winning this award feels different than I expected,” said Smith. “I’ve always
thought that the sailors who have won the award in the past had reached the
pinnacle in their careers. I don’t feel I’ve reached my ultimate goal yet; I
still have time before I arrive.”
Railey, the youngest woman ever to receive the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year
award, was recognized for her accomplishments on foreign waters. Among the US
Sailing Team member’s victories were the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères,
France; the ISAF World Sailing Games in Neusiedl, Austria; and the Good Luck
Beijing-2006 Qingdao International Regatta, the first test event in China at the
venue of the 2008 Olympic Regatta. At home, Railey also triumphed at the Laser
Radial North American and Midwinter East Championships.
“It feels really fantastic to win this,” said Paige Railey, who won the ISAF
Rolex World Sailor of the Year award last fall and hopes to represent the USA at
the 2008 Olympic Games. “It’s so nice to come home and receive this award from
the U.S. sailing community, and I look forward to continuing on this path.”
A video Podcast from the awards luncheon, produced by the luncheon emcee Gary
Jobson, is available on the US SAILING website at www.ussailing.org.
Established in 1961 by US SAILING and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. since
1980, the Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards recognize outstanding
on-the-water achievement within the calendar year. These prestigious awards are
viewed by the sail-racing industry as among the nation’s top sailing
distinctions. More information on these awards is available at
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