Pete Goss in 2006 Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race

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On June 11, Pete Goss, a renowned sailor and adventurer, began the 2006 Shetland Round Britain and Ireland Race. He is racing around the islands in a fast two-person catamaran with compulsory two-day stops in four places. They are just beginning leg 3 out of Castlebay. You can check out Pete Goss’ blog to read about his current experiences, or better yet, you can check out a very nice network link to follow the race in Google Earth. The network link was developed by Tim Harincar, who also manages which itself supports Google Earth. Tim has a new innovation for tracking sailing events in GE: his track of the sailboats is actually a 3D graph which visually indicates the speed of the boat. Each track point is also a placemark which provides information on the speed and position and provides links to blog entries. You can zoom in and check out the position in the satellite photos of GE, and some of the legs actually end in harbors with high resolution (like Castleberry). I really like the new network link. Great work Tim and good luck to Pete Goss and Paul Larsen.
[20-June-2006 08:00: One of the commenters below has developed a network link for following several of the boats in this race and uses Tim’s idea for showing speeds on the tracks. He says the data comes from who have their own tracker here.]

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Folow more the action, You can view the other boats in the race with this link:

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