2008 USODA National Regatta and IT Computer Support of New York Partnership a Huge Success

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The partnership between IT Computer Support of New York and the 2008 USODA National Regatta was a huge success last weekend with 450 sailboats in attendance. This year's Regatta made use of the most sophisticated technology ever used in an American race and was generously provided by ITCSNY. IT Computer Support of New York has provided quality tech support to the tri-state area for over 24 years. ITCSNY offers personalized computer support, project management, maintenance, and 24/7 monitors of business computer networks, servers and data systems.

The 2008 National Optimist Dinghy Association Regatta, an event which welcomed a massive fleet of 450 sailboats this year broke new ground for the integration of advanced technology used in the regatta. Partnered with IT Computer Support of New York the regatta had access to a wide expanse of computer hardware and technology never before seen in an American ODA race. ITCSNY was proud to have been chosen for a second year to provide the technology for the race but this year elected to do more to aide in the festivities.

Traditionally, a judge has had to act as official scorer for the race and the results of each heat were recorded on paper and delivered to the scorer on land to enter and tally results. With over 11,000 individual elements to score this is a huge undertaking. With multiple races being held on in remote locations on Great South Bay each day, delivering the scores and the results to the competitors in order to determine the line-up in the next heat of races needed to be performed very quickly and without the benefit of land based infrastructure.

IT Computer Support of New York sought ways to improve this technique and for the first time implemented a system by which the scoring could be performed in real time, on the water, without the need to shuttle or handle results manually between land and sea. ITCSNY provided mobile wireless computers that utilize vpn technology to create secured a connection to a hosted redundant server environment, which is backed up every night. This technology allowed the judges to focus more accurately on scoring the competitors as they crossed the start/finish line. The official scorer, a long time veteran to the races even commented on the advanced program; stating that this "was the first time an integration of scoring technology of this type and scale had been used in America by USODA."

The weather however was not cooperative on the 5th and final day of the regatta. A strong line of thunderstorms approached from the west. An unanticipated benefit was provided by the IT Computer Support Technician on-site who added the ability to access real time NexRad radar to the scoring computers which enabled the race authorities to track the storm approaching with great precision. The racing continued until the Nexrad indicated it was time get the competitors off the course due to safety concerns with the weather.

After the course was cleared and all of the competitors were safely ashore a report of a funnel cloud 25 miles to the west was reported.

"We added the Weather Radar to the scoring machines on the spot, it seemed like the sensible thing to do. The fact that we were able to protect the young racers from harm is obviously far more important in my mind, than the technology of scoring the regatta." stated ITCSNY President Dan Scolnick. With the success of the partnership still fresh in everyone's minds, IT Computer Support of New York looks forward to the possibilities of next year's events.

If you would like to learn what IT Computer Support can do for your event or business contact them on the web at http://www.itcomputersupportnewyork.com/ or by phone at 1-877-4-ITCSNY (1-877-448-2769).

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