The way the system works is as follows:
- GPS satellites provide signals
- SPOT messenger's onboard GPS chip determines your GPS location and sends your location, speed and direction to communication satellites
- Communication satellites relay your message to the SPOT central data servers
- The AYC SPOT tracking page downloads this information in real-time and displays the position of each vessel on a chart
Each competitor will be issued a SPOT transceiver and throughout the event you can follow along using the link in the Northern Century website (www.northerncentury.org). Additionally, each SPOT transceiver has a HELP button which can be pressed when emergency assistance is required. This will immediately notify the race committee that assistance is needed and they in conjunction with other agencies (such as the Coast Guard) will work to provide help.
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