As Race Partner and official satellite communications provider to the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, Inmarsat’s satellite technology is a key enabler for all aspects of the race – including position reporting, sending live video footage and photos of on-board action to the world’s media, updating social media pages, providing safety communications in the event of an accident,and boosting crew morale by enabling them to call and email their loved ones back home during the eight-month long circumnavigation.
Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service takes media coverage of the race into a whole new era. Faster transmission speeds deliver better quality live broadcasts from yachts in the middle of the ocean.
In recognition of the role broadcast media plays in bringing the excitement of the race to millions of spectators and delivering millions of dollars in valuable media coverage for race sponsors, for the 3rd consecutive edition, Inmarsat will present its Onboard Reporter (OBR) Award of 1,000 Euros (US$1,320) on each leg of the race, plus a 10,000 Euro (US$13,200) prize for the best overall contribution to race coverage, including the perpetual MCM ‘clapperboard’ trophy.
Each Volvo Ocean 65 race yacht will be fitted with a FleetBroadband 500 (FB500), FleetBroadband 250 (FB 250) and Inmarsat C safety services and tracking devices. In addition, the race is endorsing IsatPhone Pro, Inmarsat's proven global satellite phone, by including it in the boats' safety kits.