B&G giving technical support to Volvo racers

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B&G, a leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions, is offering technical support for the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race.

The fleet just finished Leg 7, arriving in Galway, Ireland, on Sunday. Ericsson 4 finished first, with an elapsed time of 7 days, 7 hours, 33 minutes, 51 seconds. American entry, PUMA, came in second with Green Dragon finishing third.

The quadrennial competition began in October in Alicante, Spain, and covers more than 37,000 nautical miles. Supporting each team's dedicated electronics specialist, B&G technical experts began specifying performance instrument system solutions more than a year before the race began.

The support team selected and installed a B&G grand prix performance Wave Technology Processor 2 in every new boat built for the race. For the Delta Lloyds team using the original AMN Amro One from the 2005-'06 race, B&G technicians upgraded its H2000 system to a Hercules Performance H3000 system.

"All B&G systems on each vessel have performed flawlessly to date and we are confident the tactical instruments will continue to deliver powerful data to the racers as they ... head to the finish line," said Paul Comyns, director of marketing for Navico's B&G, Northstar & Simrad brands, in a statement.

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