Cobham Satcom was named satellite and radio communications equipment sponsor for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
It will be the sixth consecutive edition that the satellite communications specialist has supplied hardware to the Volvo Ocean Race.
“We’re delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Cobham Satcom. Their products, used in the last five editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, are the best in the business — and play a vital role in us bringing the story of the racing from the oceans to the fans at home,” Volvo Ocean Race chief digital officer Jordi Neves said in a statement.
“With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set to sail three times more miles in the Southern Ocean in the next edition, the upcoming race will really put the on-board equipment to the test — and we have faith that Cobham Satcom’s products can withstand the most extreme conditions on the planet,” Neves said.
Cobham Satcom’s relationship with the Volvo Ocean Race stretches back to 2001.
The deal means that Cobham Satcom will continue to supply not only the satellite communications hardware for the Volvo Ocean 65s, but also a wide range of radio and safety equipment.
“The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest arena there is, and the ultimate showcase for our products,” said Casper Jensen, senior vice president of Cobham, and head of Cobham Satcom. “It is the most global event in sport — visiting 11 iconic cities across five continents — and is an invaluable link to our key markets across the planet.”
“With the boats set to race the longest distance in the event’s history, the next edition represents a very tough challenge for our equipment — and can only enhance their credentials as the most reliable communications equipment for all maritime applications,” Jensen said. “The 2014-15 edition showed that, despite the one-design boats being much less prone to breakages, there is still a distinct need for reliable and effective safety equipment. We’re extremely proud to provide that piece of mind and protection to the sailors and to remain part of the Volvo Ocean Race family.”
The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which will start in Alicante in the fall of 2017, will be raced with a fleet of one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boats and will visit 11 cities, including Lisbon; Cape Town; Hong Kong; Guangzhou; Auckland; Itajaí; Newport, R.I.; Cardiff; and Gothenburg before crossing the finish line in The Hague in the summer of 2018.