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Leading marine software brand navigates renewes partnership with global sailing race

by Grace Kitching 25 Mar 09:00 PDT
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race © Clipper Ventures

The Clipper Race has renewed its partnership with TIMEZERO by MaxSea, returning for a third consecutive edition as the Official Navigation Software Supplier.

The eleven strong fleet of 70 ft ocean racing yachts will be equipped with TZ Professional for the 40,000 nm circumnavigation. TZ Professional is renowned for its famous routing algorithm, Weather Routing Module, and cutting edge Position Report tool which will enable Clipper Race teams to seek out the fastest route, plan their race strategies and keep track of the competition. Used to its full advantage, it can give teams an edge and the potential of podium finishes.

In addition, the Clipper Race fleet will be one of the first to benefit from the release of the new TIMEZERO software: Version 4. This update will include new exclusive tools, weather display and forecasts.

Clipper Race Co-Founder and Chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said: "With so many changing weather patterns and routing variables in any given race, it is imperative for Clipper Race Skippers to be equipped with the best possible tools to make informed tactical decisions."

"TIMEZERO by MaxSea equips Clipper Race teams with accurate, in depth information required to perform at the highest competitive level and I am very much looking forward to watching some thrilling racing as a result in the upcoming 2019-20 edition."

With more than 30 years of innovation and development in marine navigation technology under its belt, the software offers a wide range of possibilities for professional racers and recreational sailors.

The TZ Professional product provided to the Clipper Race Office and its Skippers has specific features to maximise team performance. This is especially so for the weather routing module and polars (wind, speed and sails), in order to optimise their route and performance.

Bérenger Cyne, from TIMEZERO by MaxSea said: "We are happy to be part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race adventure for the third consecutive edition! The Clipper Race offers us a great opportunity to showcase our cutting-edge technology to professional and non-professional sailors all around the world. It's also an amazing way to educate people about boating, sailing, racing and show that technology can be accessible to everyone."

MaxSea will receive technical feedback and optimisation suggestions throughout the race, which TIMEZERO by MaxSea engineers, developers and technicians will utilise to improve the software.

As Skipper of the Dare To Lead team in the Clipper 2017-18 Race, Deputy Race Director Dale Smyth had lots of experience working with this navigation software, and says: "The routing ability of TZ Professional was a significant asset in day-to-day tactical decision making. There was a huge amount of flexibility in terms of user set up making it a powerful navigation and routing software."

Starting this summer the Clipper 2019-20 Race route will commence in UK and see the teams race to South America, South Africa, round Australia, before heading to the confirmed Host Ports of Zhuhai, Sanya and Qingdao in China. Then it is across the Pacific Ocean to the US ahead of returning to the UK in the summer of 2020.

To find out more about the Clipper Race visit clipperroundtheworld.com and for your marine navigation software solutions visit mytimezero.com.

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