Please select your home edition
Edition
Zhik ZKG

2014- 15 Volvo Ocean Race - Inmarsat chosen as Communications partner

by Volvo Ocean Race on 15 Aug 2013
Skipper Mike Sanderson checks out the weather as Team Sanya sail their Volvo open 70 from Savanna to Miami for Port Miami Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com
Inmarsat will be the Volvo Ocean Race's official Global Satellite Communications Partner for the 2014-15 edition, providing cutting-edge satellite services to underpin the work of the on board reporters on racing boats purpose-built with digital communications in mind.

Inmarsat will provide the network and services that will power multimedia reporting from the one-design Volvo Ocean 65s throughout the nine-month, elite offshore race that will start in Alicante, Spain on fourth October 2014 and take the teams around the world on a 40,000-mile race track.

Additionally, the maritime safety systems supplied by Inmarsat will ensure the Race’s control room can track the boats throughout the world’s oceans, from where they will offer live audio and video communications plus social media interaction.

It is the fourth consecutive time that the British-based company, the global leader in the sector, has carried out the role for the Volvo Ocean Race, which since 1973 has set the standard for modern ocean racing.


Each Volvo Ocean 65 will have a trained Onboard Reporter responsible for delivering broadcast and digital content daily for a global audience of tens of millions. Volvo Ocean Race is currently considering more than 2,000 applications for these roles.

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: 'Inmarsat performed flawlessly over the last three editions and we are sure they will do so again with a boat which has been purpose-built with communications very much in mind.

'We look forward to Inmarsat making this the most watched and most connected yacht race in the world aimed at a new online audience of people who simply love the kind of life-at-the-extreme excitement we serve up day in day out.'

The new one-design Volvo Ocean 65s will contest both the 12th edition in 2014-15 starting in Alicante in October next year and the 13th in 2017-2018. Inmarsat will supply the network and satellite services for the Fleet Broadband 500 (FB500), Fleet Broadband 250 (FB 250) on board every boat for 2014-15.

FB500, Inmarsat’s flagship maritime service, delivers an always-on connection of up to 432kbps for applications such as email, internet access, real-time electronic charts and weather reporting. FB500 also features streaming IP with guaranteed connection rates of up to 256kbps available on demand, for live applications such as high quality video streaming.

'The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest and most technically advanced round-the-world yacht race. This is why race organisers needed to ensure that the event was supported by the most advanced and reliable satellite communications available,' said Rupert Pearce, CEO of UK-based Inmarsat.

'The Volvo Ocean Race is not just one of the world’s most exciting adventures but the perfect test bed to showcase the capabilities of Inmarsat’s global network to power voice and data connectivity from the most remote and inhospitable locations on Earth.'


In addition to Inmarsat C safety services and tracking devices, each of the race yachts will carry an I sat-Phone Pro satellite phone in their life raft packs.

Commenting on the safety services being provided by Inmarsat, Pearce added: 'We are trusted by the world’s mariners to deliver the life-saving Global Maritime Distress and Safety Service (GMDSS) and have done so for over 30 years. We will be helping to keep the Volvo Ocean Race teams safe as they compete over eight months and travel the equivalent of twice around the world.'

On shore, Volvo Ocean Race’s support teams will be equipped with Inmarsat’s BGAN land terminals, enabling them to set-up a full broadband communications suite at every port the race visits. Using BGAN, the support teams will be able to stay connected to the race crews wherever they are on an ocean.

T Clewring One DesignSchaefer 2016 Ratchet Block 660x82InSunSport - NZ

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race - It’s been emotional, but it’s time to move on
Battered, bruised, happy, worried. You name it, at least one Volvo Ocean Race sailor felt it. Battered, bruised, happy, worried. You name it, at least one Volvo Ocean Race sailor felt it after a roller-coaster of a Round Britain and Ireland Race. So what next? For Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, it was a week of smiles but keeping a tight lid on the growing optimism built on a near-perfect build-up to Race start on October 4 in Alicante.
Posted on 22 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Round Britain on board Team SCA with the
Image gallery from on-board Team SCA with the Women's crew in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Image gallery from on-board Team SCA and the Women's crew in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race from OnBoard Reporter, Corinna Halloran
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Round Britain on board Azzam and Team Campos
Image gallery from on-board Azzam and Team Campos in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Image gallery from on-board Azzam with Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race from OnBoard Reporter, Justin Chisholm - and more from Team Campos with their OBR, Francisco Vignale
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Round Britain on board with Team Alvimedica
Image gallery from on-board Team Alvimedica (TUR) in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race Image gallery from on-board Team Alvimedica (TUR) in the just finished Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race from OnBoard Reporter, Amory Ross
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Why Vestas Wind Systems joined the Race
Morten Albaek, Chief Marketing Officer of Vestas Wind Systems explains why Vestas became involved in the Volvo OR Morten Albaek, Chief Marketing Officer of Vestas Wind Systems explains why Vestas became involved as the naming sponsor for the seventh Volvo Ocean race entry. In this video interview Albaek reveals they were approached by Volvo Ocean Race only little more than a month ago
Posted on 14 Aug 2014
Volvo Team Vestas Wind skipper Nico says- 'We can win' - Part II
Sail-World talks to four times Volvo Ocean race veteran, Chris Nicholson, just announced skipper of Team Vestas Wind Sail-World talks to four times Volvo Ocean race veteran, Chris Nicholson, the just confirmed skipper of Team Vestas Wind today. ‘We believe we can give this race a good shake. We will be a young team, a good mix of proven experience and new energy and enthusiasm.
Posted on 13 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race Team Vestas Wind skipper - One Design is key
Denmark's Vestas, has confirmed they are sponsoring the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 Chris Nicholson, (Nico) the Skipper of Team Vestas Wind is a four Volvo Ocean Race veteran, a two-time Australian Olympian with three 49er and three 505 sailing World Championships to his name. Nicholson was the skipper of the CAMPER TEAM, run by Emirates Team New Zealand (ENTZ) which came second in the 2011-12 race. He was expected to be once more the skipper of the ETNZ team had they entered
Posted on 13 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race - Danish entry confirmed as Team Vestas Wind
Volvo Ocean Race: Vestas enters with second ever Danish sponsored boat Volvo Ocean Race - The world's largest wind turbine builder Vestas has just been announced as the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with the second ever Danish-sponsored boat Vestas Wind.
Posted on 13 Aug 2014
Vestas Wind Systems completes Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 line-up
Six-time world champion Chris Nicholson, who will be contesting his fifth Volvo Ocean Race, will skipper the boat. Six-time world champion Chris Nicholson, who will be contesting his fifth race, will skipper the boat and work is already well underway to ready the Danish company’s team for the race start in October. 'It’s an honour to be skipper of Team Vestas Wind. They have unmatched expertise in harnessing the power of wind and together we can use our knowledge to take on this challenge,' said Nicholson
Posted on 12 Aug 2014
Team Alvimedica completes Volvo Ocean Race line-up
Full VOR line-up will take part in Round Britain and Ireland Race, which starts today from Cowes on Isle of Wight. The full line-up will take part in the Round Britain and Ireland Race, which starts today from Cowes on the Isle of Wight and includes five Volvo Ocean Race teams. Severe weather warnings are in place and conditions are expected to be treacherous.
Posted on 10 Aug 2014