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BELOWDEX: Your Boat In The Palm of Your Hand In Real Time

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BELOWDEX is pleased to sponsor 2016’s CORK International Sailing Competitions. “We are looking forward to having front row seats to this action packed event, while introducing our recently launched Smartphone APP,” states company President Mark Marcelissen.

Developed and designed in Kingston, Ontario, BELOWDEX introduces the highly sought after “internet of things” concept into the world of personal watercraft and charter boating. Marcelissen remarks, “We were invited to showcase BELOWDEX at the 2016 International RFID JOURNAL LIVE Conference in Orlando, Florida, for its’ original concept and ease of use.” The Canadian Government is injecting 1.3 million dollars into safe boating initiatives by informing and verifying the boating public are well versed in the arena of responsible boating regulations. With minimal effort from the user, BELOWDEX aids in meeting and exceeding these requirements. Mark explains his inspiration for the time and money saving idea, “I looked at what we needed on our 31 ft. boat should we be boarded by authorities, or find ourselves in a precarious situation while out on the water. I started with the enforced safety list, and after lengthy conversations with members of Canadian Power and Sail, as well as U.S. Coastguard; a comprehensive list of over 40 items was compiled.  Personally, I didn’t want to spend the beginning of each cruise verifying that I had everything, or that I knew the exact location, or have to recheck the expiry dates. I looked at a way to use my Computing Engineering background to refine the process, making it faster, more precise, and to be absolutely honest, I wanted it to be fun!”

So how does it work? BELOWDEX provides rugged, compact, RFID tags that discretely adhere to items on a boat. Mark describes the process, “I simply step onto my boat, attach the handheld antenna to my Smartphone, launch the APP, and as I walk through the cabin BELOWDEX automatically generates a real time list as it locates, validates and ensures my boat is equipped to meet all safety standards in accordance with Transport Canada and US Marine Law.”

BELOWDEX is accurate in any Province or State – when you receive your BELOWDEX Antenna and initially launch the APP, it will prompt you for pertinent details such as province/state/boat size/colour/MMSI number. So each time you board your boat it automatically collates a list in accordance to your location. With RFID technology BELOWDEX then detects all equipment stored in cabinets and lockers without opening anything below deck! If a “validation failed” screen appears, it will indicate what is missing.  A neat feature, launch the “locate” option and the antenna will sound faster the closer you are to the item, even off the boat.

“I added a safety feature that saves a great deal of time – an automated “Float Plan.”

Before you leave shore the APP will prompt you to select your planned destination from a drop down menu, then enter the time you intend to arrive. It prompts you to enter the number of people onboard. A section allows you to make notes you feel necessary, like the route chosen, or passenger’s names. The very cool part is that the APP takes all the information you entered when you initially launched BELOWDEX (name/address/MMSI/boat make/colour/etc.) and emails all of this information to your emergency contact. Should you not arrive at your predicted location your personal contact will have all the answers to coastguard questions contained in the email, along with GPS coordinates.

BELOWDEX can also be customized. “Boaters can purchase additional RFID tag packages from us, then send a list of items they deem necessary for a good cruise and we will program the tags. So when they launch the APP, BELOWDEX will seek out their customized list as well,” explains Mark.

BELOWDEX is truly “your boat in the palm of your hand in real time”! BELOWDEX brings cruising into the 21st century.

Visit us during CORK competitions at the BELOWDEX booth in the Sail room and check out the demo online.  www.BELOWDEX.com

Good luck to all the competitors at 2016 CORK events!

Early Bird deadline is fast approaching for the CORK Fall Regatta- September 23-25th

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Fall CORK is fast approaching, and so is the early bird deadline. This year’s Fall CORK Regatta will be held September 23-25, with registration/check-in on Sept 23, and racing Sept 24-25. Don’t forget to register before the September 11th Early Bird Deadline for a discounted registration fee!

CORK Welcomes Sailors, Coaches, Officials, Volunteers and Supporters for the 2016 Fall CORK Regatta. This regatta will be open to Laser Standard and Laser Radial (open),  49er, 49er FX,. 29er, Club 420 and Optimists. This is the Ontario Grand Prix development series, Fogh Gold cup for the Laser Standard and Laser Radial (open), Optimist Ontario Championship. 

For more information on Fall CORK: http://www.cork.org/cork-fallregatta/

To register as a Competitor or Volunteer: http://www.cork.org/members/sign_in.php

Athletes interested in becoming members of the 2016/2017 Ontario Sailing Team and Ontario Sailing Development Team are invited to attend the annual Ontario Sailing Team COMBINE. The COMBINE is a two-day camp that will give athletes an opportunity to showcase their sailing skills and fitness. Classes invited to this year’s COMBINE include: 29er, 420, Laser, Radial, Techno 293 and RSX. 

For more information on the Ontario Sailing Combine

Event Photos available at www.sailingshot.com or by contacting administrator@sailing shot.com

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter @CORKKingston

For more information 

CORK websitewww.cork.org
CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322
Emailmedia@cork.org
Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario

J/22 Worlds: Final Day

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Thursday, 25 August – Kingston

J/22 World Championship: Day 4

Today was the last day of the 2016 J/22 World Championships. 41 boats are competing from Canada, United States, Cayman Islands and the Netherlands. The final day of racing saw winds of 15 knots steadily from SW. Racing is complete and the awards have been passed out. Congratulations to all of the competitors!

The overall results after today’s racing USA earning the top three spots.

 

 

1st
1578 Michael Marshall Lawrence Hiller
2nd 1649 Chris Doyle Harris, Burns
3rd 1464 Jeffrey Todd Carr, Ryan
4th 1542 Travis Odenbach
 

5th
677 Brad Julian Schubert, Robertson
6th 1586 Zeke Horowitz Benvenutti, Stuart, Fisher
7th 1501 Terry Flynn Foster, Romberg
8th 933 Chris Gaffney Gaffney, Richter
 

9th
709 Marvin Beckmann
10th 489 Kevin Doyle Snyder, Colangelo
11th 675 Darcy Fuller Johnson, Johnson, Baker
12th 1579 Anna Huebschmann Huebshmann, Huebschmann

 

Top Youth Team Anna Hubschmann

 

Top Master Chris Doyle, Harris, Burns

 

Mid Fleet award Jack Carminati, Green, Braungart, Fraize

 

Full results posted at www.cork.org.

Event Photos available at www.sailingshot.com or by contacting administrator@sailing shot.com

 

Thank you to all of our competitors for traveling to Kingston! We hope you had a great time, and wish you the best during the rest of the sailing season.

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter @CORKKingston

For more information 

CORK websitewww.cork.org
CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322
Emailmedia@cork.org
Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario

 

J/22 World Championship: Day 3

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Wednesday, 24 August – Kingston

J/22 World Championship: Day 3

 

This week CORK is hosting the 2016 J/22 World Championships. 41 boats are competing from Canada, United States, Cayman Islands and the Netherlands.

 

The overall results after today’s racing:

 

1st Marshall NYYC

2nd Doyle YYC

3rd Todd Annapolis YC

 

Full results will be posted at www.cork.org.

 

Tomorrow’s racing starts at 1100 for all fleets. Check back tomorrow for more results.

Event Photos available at www.sailingshot.com or by contacting administrator@sailing shot.com

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter @CORKKingston

For more information 

CORK websitewww.cork.org
CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322
Emailmedia@cork.org
Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario

 

CORK International OCR: Day 5

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Wednesday, 24 August – Kingston

CORK International OCR:  Day 5

 

Laser and Radial Fleets Cap Off Senior Championships

Today was the final day of racing at the Sail Canada Senior Championships presented by Volvo Cars Canada at CORK OCR. With the skiff and Finn events finishing up earlier this week, only the Laser and Radial fleets remained to compete. Sailors raced in 12-13 knots of breeze from the southwest, and nearly cloudless skies; yet another great day of sailing.

The Lasers were able to complete two races today, amounting to twelve in total. Robert Davis (CAN) of the Canadian Sailing Team held the top spot for the entire event, and earned the gold medal. Justin Norton (CAN) secured a silver medal finish, while Marshall McCann (USA) took the bronze. The Radial fleet finished thirteen races in total, three of which were finished today. Haddon Hughes (USA) was the winner of the event, while Sarah Douglas (CAN) of the CST and Gage Wilson (USA) took second and third place, respectively.

Thank you to Helly Hansen for supplying all of the prizes for the regatta, and also to all of the participants and volunteers who made the event such a success. Tim Irwin, the CORK Regatta Chair, says “there are two key ingredients to a successful regatta. The first is good weather conditions, which we were fortunate to have this week, and the second is great volunteers, which we are lucky to have no shortage of.” We hope to see you again next year!

Full results for all fleets can be found here.

Laser Standard

1st Robert Davis RCYC/KYC

2nd Justin Norton BYC

3rd Marshall Mccann TCYC

 

Laser Radial

1st Overall + 1st Female: Haddon Hughes TCYC

2nd Overall + 2nd Female: Sarah Douglas ABYC

3rd Overall + Top Male: Gage Wilson LYC

3rd place female: Andrea Aldana GUA

 

Event Photos available at www.sailingshot.com or by contacting administrator@sailing shot.com

Results
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For more information 

CORK websitewww.cork.org
CORK Regatta Office: (613)-545-1322
Emailmedia@cork.org
Address: 53 Yonge Street, Kingston Ontario