Mastervolt provides crew training for Volvo race


The Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to begin the first leg of a nearly 40,000-nautical-mile global circumnavigation on Oct. 11 and each of the seven identical sailing yachts will be rigged with Mastervolt electrical systems.

Race organizers had already chosen Mastervolt as the electrical supplier for the new 65-foot Farr-designed yachts. Mastervolt has since developed an even closer link to the race by providing crew training to maximize onboard electrical efficiency and by supporting each boat 24 hours a day during the race.

As a further commitment, Mastervolt will have technicians available at each of the stopovers in 11 countries for local service and support.

As the race tracks from the blistering heat of the Tropics into the Roaring Forties of the Southern Ocean, man and machine will be put to the ultimate test.

“We have greatly increased our involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race because nowhere else will our innovations be put to such extreme use, so leisure users will know that if it’s good enough for the Volvo Ocean Race, then it’s certainly up to their bluewater adventure,” Mastervolt EMEA commercial leader Bert Jansen said in a statement.

“We’re also going to send marketing and support teams to each stopover and use each venue to network with our valued Mastervolt customers in the region. The race will get the very best electrical service available and we’ll gain a huge amount of useful data and contacts to further refine and expand the brand.”

The fleet for the 12th edition, which starts in Alicante, Spain, on Oct. 4, features Team SCA (Sweden); Team Brunel (The Netherlands); Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing; Dongfeng Race Team (China); Team Alvimedica (Turkey/USA); Team Vestas Wind (Denmark); and a Spanish team whose title sponsor has yet to be announced.

You can follow the action at, starting with the Alicante in-port race before the fleet departs for the first leg to Cape Town, South Africa, on Oct. 11.