Today at 17.00 CET starts The Watski Skagerrak Two Star 2006 regatta in Skagerrak from June 14th-17th. Skagerrak is the sea between Norway, Sweden, and Denmark and this could very well become the largest live tracked regatta this year.
The race is a doublehanded-regatta where the yachts are manned with 2 sailors. A GPS tracking unit is placed on each boat and communicate geographical positions through the wireless network. History, current position, and estimated progress - can then be viewed on the web through a Google Maps Mash-up already mentioned in the Google Maps Mania blog. The live tracking system is earlier tested with success on 50 yachts only two weeks ago in The Frydenbo Doublehanded regatta.
As this is a live race it can be followed live on the Internet, but the tracks are posted as files for post-race analysis in the free software's from Sportsim and Google Earth.
This regatta with approx. 150 tracked boats and high traffic peaks will put the live system to the test.