PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 12, 2018 — The Schuylkill Navy, along with Regatta Central and Nielsen-Kellerman Company, will debut a completely new worldwide viewing experience for this year’s Independence Day Regatta happening June 29 thru July 1 in Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River above the city’s popular rowing center, Boathouse Row.
With the launch of Nielsen-Kellerman’s innovative NK Live LiNKTM digital platform, crews at the IDR will be able to stream performance data from their shell during all three days of racing and have it displayed in real time on a live internet feed. Michael Naughton, NK’s Director of Product Management, outlines the basic requirements. “All a crew needs to take part is a SpeedCoach GPS 2 with the latest firmware and a mobile phone that is paired for streaming using Live LiNK’s free app. That’s it,” explains Naughton. “We’ll even provide crews with a free drybag for your phone, so there’s nothing to worry about.”
Viewers can watch the stream live at link.nksports.com whether they are at the racecourse in Philadelphia, or anywhere else in the world. The more crews streaming, the more fun and interesting the experience will be for spectators and coaches.
Paul Horvat, Commodore of the Schuylkill Navy, welcomed the opportunity to let people experience the Independence Day Regatta in a new, augmented format. “When NK came and showed us what the technology would allow spectators to see, we jumped at the chance to be first,” said Horvat. “Now we’d like to maximize the number of entrants streaming on race day so we can really show the power of crowd-sourced race viewing.”
RegattaCentral’s Steve Lopez: “As long-term partners with the Schuylkill Navy it made sense for us to collaborate with NK to support this complementary digital platform. We’re excited to help promote this feature at the IDR to create the richest regatta immersion possible.”
About the Schuylkill Navy
Founded in 1858, the Schuylkill Navy is the oldest amateur sporting association in the country and is chartered by its member clubs on Boathouse Row and upriver “to secure collective action and promote amateurism on the Schuylkill.” Through the Schuylkill Navy Series presented by Toyota, it has staged over 600 events, most dating back to the mid-19th century.
For more information, visit www.boathouserow.org
RegattaCentral was started in 1999, providing online registration to just one regatta. They now serve over 400 regattas in North America, Europe and Hong Kong. RegattaCentral also provides online registration and management tools to over 220 rowing clubs and camps.
For 40 years, Nielsen-Kellerman has been known worldwide for its waterproof speed measurement, timing, and audio systems for competitive rowers and other water sport athletes. Every NK product is designed, developed, built, tested and supported entirely in the USA using advanced Lean manufacturing systems. NK is proud to be pushing the boundaries of technology enhancement of traditional sports. For more information, visit www.nksports.com.