Wimborne based defence and technology company Cobham has entered into a partnership with the Volvo Ocean Race 2014 – 15.
Cobham will be the Satellite and Radio Communications Equipment Partner and Broadcast Equipment Partner for the prestigious round-the-world yacht race.
Cobham SATCOM will provide the communications hardware for every racing boat including the SAILOR 500 and 250 Fleet Broadband systems and safety and radio systems.
The shipboard broadband will enable crews to update weather information, communicate with support crews and keep in touch with friends and family watching the race on shore.
SATCOM will also keep the Volvo Ocean Race’s global audience up to date with the action by installing six cameras on each racing boat.
Meanwhile Cobham Tactical Communications and Surveillance (TCS) has been chosen as the Broadcast Supplier of choice and will provide technical infrastructure to enhance the viewing experience at the Race Villages en route.
During the race, seven teams will race across the world covering four oceans, five continents, and 39,270 nautical miles. There will be stopovers in South Africa, the UAE, Brazil, New Zealand, China, Portugal and France as the teams close in on the finish line.
The race will begin Alicante in October 2014 and end in Gothenburg in June 2015.
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said: “This partnership is particularly gratifying as it sees Cobham's commitment to the race strengthened considerably through an expanded range of products and support services.
“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"
David Ashton, Executive Vice President of Business Development and Technology at Cobham, said: "All of us in Cobham are proud to be supporting the Volvo Ocean Race with our world beating Broadcast and Satcom products that help people communicate and stay safe.
“We are excited by the fact that our products allow people around the world to see the teams in action and also ensure that the participants keep in contact with their friends, colleagues and race organisers despite the incredibly harsh conditions that they are enduring.