Live Tracking

Live Tracking offers the excitement of watching a race in real time from anywhere in the world.

A live tracker calculates its location from GPS satellites and sends a location update to the TackTracker Cloud server every few seconds using the mobile phone network. The TackTracker Cloud server updates the data in it's real time track database and also any live races for which the tracker is currently scheduled.

Any TackTracker player, including the Web player, the PC and Mac players and the iPhone/iPad player can play live races from the TackTracker Cloud.

Tracking made Simple

We have worked hard to make the live tracking fun and straightforward to do. Many years of refinement have made it possible to set up live tracking with just a few clicks.

Real time live tracking

Many people look to live tracking to provide a compelling, real time record of the sailing action as it happens. For this, you will need to set up a live race in advance, specify the course, and update the race as needed to reflect changes in start time or course. Course marks are located by a live tracker on each mark, so marks on the screen are always correctly located.

Adhoc live tracking

You may wish to simply turn the trackers on, take them sailing and create a race replay afterwards. This approach will appeal if you are sailing in a race (or otherwise busy) as well as running the tracking. Your tracks are stored on the TackTracker cloud automatically and a race can be easily created after the event to display the tracks.

If using an Android or iPhone with the TackTracker app as your live recorder, you can instantly create a live race when you turn on tracking. More information is available on the Live tracking with you phone page.

Instant "no setup" Live Tracking

For training events, or keeping up with the progress of your students or kids from the shore, you can view your trackers on the "Trackers" page. No setup is needed - just turn your trackers on and take them sailing. To view the tracks, sign in to the TackTracker Cloud and visit your Trackers page or the "My Trackers" tab in the TackTracker App on your iPad or iPhone.

Safety First

Live tracking is appealing to race organisers for the added dimension of competitor safety that it provides. Seeing all competitors on a map is a great assistance to rescue services if something goes wrong.

In addition, TackTracker has a unique Competitor Tally feature, which is a real time online report listing which competitors are currently on the water and which are safely on shore. The competitor tally can be used as an adjunct to sign-on/sign-off procedures and to ensure that no competitors are overlooked.

Getting Started

If you have a smart phone, you can get started with Live Tracking right away with an 18 day free trial.

If you need a fleet of trackers, a dedicated live tracker may be the right option and TackTracker works with a range of trackers listed below.


TackTracker has one simple charge, called a Tracker Right to pay for your live tracking. You need a Tracker Right for each live tracker in use at the same time. More information on tracker rights, including pricing, is available here.

Your telecommunications provider may charge for your data usage. Live tracking actually uses very little data - roughly 1MB every 7 hours of use. You will still need to source a SIM and a plan for each tracker. We recommend you look for a 365 day pre-paid plan if available. For example, in Australia, a Vodafone $2 SIM plus $20 of credit on the 365 day plan may last you a year of weekly tracking.

You are welcome to request a quotation from us.


TackTracker supports a range of live tracking devices including:

iPhone or iPad running the TackTracker App Android phone or pad running the TackTracker Recorder App Meitech MT90G
Meitrack P99 (3G and 4G models) Teltonika GH1202 and GH3000 Queclink GL300

Please contact us if you wish to discuss support for a new type of device with TackTracker.