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2012 Team Atlantic Dash
Icom UK Support ‘Team Atlantic Dash’ Rowers
The Icom equipment provides a complete, compact and waterproof communication solution providing VHF communication, Digital Selective Calling (DSC) and Automatic Identification System (AIS). The MA-500TR Class B AIS transponder will provide the rowers with the ability to monitor other vessels in their area as well as the ability to actively notify other vessels of their exact location, thus aiding their navigation and increasing their safety at sea.
Asked why are they were doing the Atlantic Challenge, John Haskell
said, ‘3 years ago my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She is now recovered but it was a life changing experience. The support
we had from everyone was amazing and I wanted to give back and raise
some money for charity. This was the reason for choosing Breast Cancer
Care as one of our charities. I've always been an armchair adventurer
He added,’ the idea was seeded over two years ago with the offer of the boat. The plans, preparation and fundraising have accelerated into complete full time work. These last few months have seen us working on the project until midnight most nights of the week. This includes totally refurbishing the boat from the keel up.’
Asked why they need radio and AIS equipment on this Voyage, John
said.’ Besides being vital equipment on the scrutineering list
these items above all will give us piece of mind. Even though the
Atlantic Ocean is massive there are busy shipping lanes with traffic
going in all directions. Having such a small freeboard with no masts
for radar reflectors we are totally invisible as a radar target.
This leads to major collision dangers
Ian Lockyer of Icom UK said, "Everyone at Icom UK wishes both John and Jamie every success in this epic voyage. Good luck!"
To find out more visit www.atlanticdash.co.uk