All Sat looks out for Celestial bodies

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Celestial competing in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. (image: Rolex/Studio Borlenghi)
Celestial competing in the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. (image: Rolex/Studio Borlenghi)

Crew on Sydney-Hobart race yacht wore man overboard rescue devices from Ocean Signal.

Local marine electronics supplier, All Sat Communications, recently sponsored the crew of the yacht Celestial competing the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race by supplying 14 Ocean Signal rescueME MOB1s devices.

Automatically triggered in the event of a man overboard situation, the MOB1 transmits an alert within 15 seconds to all AIS receivers and AIS-enabled plotters in the vicinity as well as activating the DSC alarm on the vessel’s VHF radio to alert fellow crew members. It also provides visual indication with the integrated strobe light.

“Safety is of paramount importance during this historic race so we are proud to be providing Ocean Signal’s market-leading products and to be contributing to keeping the competitors as safe as possible,” said Ian Veitch, All Sat Communications director. “The MOB1 with both AIS and DSC technologies makes a huge difference to how quickly a yacht can navigate back to a person in the water, particularly in difficult conditions or at night.

“These devices are popular with crew because they are so small and compact, but still easy to use.

“Several crew members on other boats competing in the race have also chosen to use Ocean Signal MOBs, as well as the Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1s personal locator beacons and other devices.”

Launched in 2007, Celestial was skippered in the race by owner and Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Rear Commodore, Dr Sam Haynes, with Ben Rice as navigator. The yacht finished 6th in its division and 17th overall on handicap.

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