21 Sep 2005, 10:21UTC
Each boat in the seven-strong fleet will have Thrane & Thrane equipment on-board. They will be equipped with Thrane & Thrane’s SAILOR Fleet77, one SAILOR Fleet33 and two Inmarsat-C systems. The SAILOR Fleet77 system will be an especially important part of the onboard communication package, as it enables data transfer rates of up to 128 kbps.
Thrane & Thrane A/S has been appointed official sponsor of satellite communication equipment to the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06. The sponsorship is the largest sponsorship in Thrane & Thrane’s history.
Glenn Bourke, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, said, “We are pleased to have Thrane & Thrane on-board as the sponsor of satellite communication equipment to event. Their legacy within satellite communication and their worldwide service network makes Thrane & Thrane a perfect match for the Volvo Ocean Race”. He continued, “Thrane & Thrane’s equipment will be the primary communication link from the boats at sea to the spectators on land and the communication package on-board will bring the world of yacht racing to a new and exciting level”.
The Thrane & Thrane equipment is already installed and is being used on several of this year’s Volvo Ocean Race entries.
Bouwe Bekking, skipper of movistar, said during movistar’s Southern Ocean passage: “The SAILOR satellite communication terminals are running fantastically – in fact I have never experienced such a good and reliable performance from satellite communication equipment throughout my sailing career. Every four hours we downloaded the latest weather updates and with a short satellite phone call from the Southern Ocean, I was able to communicate the breaking news, that we had just broken the world record, covering 530 miles in 24 hours, back to the head office of the movistar Sailing Team in Spain.
Henrik Lunde, CEO of Thrane & Thrane, said: ”We are excited to be supplying the most important communication equipment to the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race. It is the 'Formula One' of yacht racing, and it is a perfect way to demonstrate Thrane & Thrane’s position as the world’s leading supplier of innovative and reliable maritime communication equipment. It is a perfect match for Thrane & Thrane as the race gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our latest maritime satellite communication solution, the SAILOR Fleet77 128kbps, in the world’s wildest yacht race”.
Thrane & Thrane is looking forward to playing an important role in one of the world’s most spectacular sporting events and has already obtained valuable product information from the close cooperation with the participating syndicates. This information will be used in Thrane & Thrane’s continuous strive to improve its maritime products.
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