Jeppesen is providing its electronic charts for sailors in the 2010-11 Velux 5 Oceans race, the company announced.
These electronic charts are being utilized with advanced MaxSea computer navigation software to enhance safe and time-efficient navigation for each of the competitors. They are trying to conquer five oceans in the shortest amount of time.
Jeppesen also has equipped the race committee with these electronic charts and navigational capabilities to guide the sailors to shore if there is a problem.
The race - known in the competitive sailing world as the Ultimate Solo Challenge - is a series of five grueling ocean "sprints."
"We're excited to be associated with such a high-profile event as the Velux 5 Oceans race," said Michelle Buckalew, global marketing manager for Jeppesen Light Marine. "These are the world's best sailors, stepping up to accept the ultimate sailing challenge. While all alone on vast tracts of ocean and facing everything Mother Nature can throw at them, these sailors can rest assured they have the best, most up-to-date cartography to guide them."