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Global Ocean Race (2011-12) route

Our involvement in the virtual race complements our sponsorship perfectly

Bristol, 23rd August 2011 – bluQube, a leading vendor of financial management software is pleased to announce that it will offer a range of prizes for the virtual version of the Global Ocean Race (GOR) being hosted by UnitedGames. To be eligible, entrants simply need to sign up to bluQube’s on-line ‘Friends’ list. bluQube is already an official sponsor of the double-handed around the world race for Class 40 yachts, that starts in September in Mallorca and covers over 30,000 miles of some of the roughest waters on the planet with stopovers on the way including Wellington, CapeTown, Punta del Este and Charleston.

The main prize being offered comprises a mini-break for two in Palma, Mallorca including flights, accommodation and a day’s sailing with veteran sailor and GOR Race Director, Josh Hall. Winners of the 5 individual legs will be given the chance to sail in a Class 40 boat with the Phesheya Team (adopted by bluQube during the GOR), after the race has finished in July next year.

According to Josh Hall, the virtual on-line race is estimated to attract over 150,000 virtual skippers, with proceeds going to GOR’s registered charity, the Global Vision Sailing Trust: a foundation created to introduce under-privileged young people to sailing and its core values via a dinghy sailing programme with a fleet of RS Vision dinghies shipped around the world from Palma to each of the GOR stopover ports.

bluQube Marketing Manager, Matthew Kirby says, “Our involvement in the virtual race complements our sponsorship perfectly and gives us the ideal platform to encourage both our staff and customers to experience what it’s like to take part in what will be both an exciting and gruelling competition. Asking players to join our own bluQube ‘friends’ community gives us the opportunity to build a branded virtual community and at the same time we can contribute to a really worthy cause.”

UnitedGames serves 100 million players worldwide and is a market leader in online gaming with a powerful portfolio within the online sailing community. The GOR game will apply Class40 performance polars combined with outstandingly accurate weather data supplied by GOR Race Partner, PredictWind. The virtual GOR will include all the scoring gates, waypoints and ice limits of the on-the-water GOR enhancing the tactical elements of online sailing.

In addition to the web client, UnitedGames will make the virtual race available on iPhone, iPad and Android-based smartphones enabling player-access to their game 24/7. To provide players with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the game-controls and the behaviour of the boats, a trial virtual GOR race of around 1,000 miles will be launched shortly before the GOR’s start in Palma, Mallorca, on the 25th September.

To enter and take part in the race, go to www.bluQube.co.uk after 5th September when virtual players can take part in an initial ‘pre-race’.

Further Links:
To follow #GOR updates follow @bluQubeocean on Twitter or join The Global Ocean Race FaceBook Page


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Editor’s notes:

bluQube is a fully integrated financial and management accounting solution aimed at a range of organisations from £3M turnover to £250M turnover and with user populations from 2 to 800+ users.

The bluQube philosophy was inspired by a vision to simplify and improve the lives of finance professionals, by delivering clear and measurable business benefits as a result of applying technology to enhance the efficiency of financial operation.

By introducing a host of time-saving initiatives such as devolved access and self-service budgeting, the inherent openness and flexibility of bluQube offers new and exciting possibilities from web-based reporting through to paperless transactions via e-procurement, all through a browser-based interface.

bluQube represents both a current and future platform for effective financial management and is being continually developed to mirror the demands of the accounting and finance community, the latest development being the launch of its cloud solution.
Press Contact: Jane Moores/Sally Minchin TTA Communications, 01225 580214. E-mail: jmoores@ttauk.com twitter:@ttacomms
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