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Volvo Ocean Race names equipment sponsor

Cobham Satcom was named the Volvo Ocean Race’s satellite and radio communications equipment partner for 2014-15.

The satellite communications specialist will supply hardware for the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 boats.

The announcement ensures that the latest generations of Sailor FleetBroadband satellite equipment relied upon by race teams in recent editions will continue to be a fixture of the event when the cutting-edge boats line up in Alicante, Spain, in October 2014.

“The Sailor hardware used during the last three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race has functioned perfectly, fully justifying the faith the competitors put in the equipment as they confront a race run in the most extreme conditions on the planet,” Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad said in a statement.

“This partnership is particularly gratifying, as it sees Cobham Satcom’s commitment to the race strengthened considerably through an expanded range of products and support services.”

“The Volvo Ocean Race represents the ultimate challenge for our equipment, so we are especially pleased to be increasing our commitment in our new role as race partner,” Cobham Satcom vice president Walther Thygesen said in a statement.

“This race showcases Sailor products in very tough and testing conditions, which can only enhance their credentials as the most reliable communications equipment for all maritime applications.”

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