Cobham SATCOM has been named Satellite and Radio Communications Equipment sponsor for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
It will be the sixth consecutive edition that the satellite
communications specialist has supplied hardware to the Volvo Ocean
Race, and the announcement ensures the latest SAILOR FleetBroadband
products will continue to be a fixture of the world's toughest
professional sporting event when the boats line up in Alicante in
Picture credit: Yann Riou/Dongfeng Race Team
"We're delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with
Cobham SATCOM. Their products, used in the last five editions of
the Volvo Ocean Race, are the best in the business - and play a
vital role in us bringing the story of the racing from the oceans
to the fans at home," said Volvo Ocean Race's Chief Digital
Officer, Jordi Neves.
He continued: "With the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set to sail three
times more miles in the Southern Ocean in the next edition, the
upcoming race will really put the on board equipment to the test -
and we have faith that Cobham SATCOM's products can withstand the
most extreme conditions on the planet."
Cobham SATCOM's relationship with the Volvo Ocean Race stretches
back to 2001 - and the race has become an increasingly important
platform to deliver on multiple business and brand awareness
objectives, whilst serving as the ultimate product testing
The deal means that Cobham SATCOM will continue to supply not
only the satellite communications hardware for the Volvo Ocean 65s,
but also a wide range of radio and safety equipment.
"The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest arena there is, and the
ultimate showcase for our products," said Casper Jensen, Senior
Vice President of Cobham, and Head of Cobham SATCOM.
"It is the most global event in sport - visiting 11 iconic
cities across five continents - and is an invaluable link to our
key markets across the planet."
He added: "With the boats set to race the longest distance
in the event's history, the next edition represents a very tough
challenge for our equipment - and can only enhance their
credentials as the most reliable communications equipment for all
"The 2014-15 edition showed that, despite the one-design boats
being much less prone to breakages, there is still a distinct need
for reliable and effective safety equipment. We're extremely proud
to provide that peace of mind and protection to the sailors, and to
remain part of the Volvo Ocean Race family."
The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, starting in Alicante
in Autumn 2017, will be raced with a fleet of one-design Volvo
Ocean 65 boats, and will visit 11 cities around the globe,
including Lisbon; Cape Town; Hong Kong; Guangzhou; Auckland;
Itajaí; Newport, Rhode Island; Cardiff; and Gothenburg, before
crossing the finish line in The Hague in summer 2018.
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator,
respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems,
from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
We employ around 11,000 people on five continents, and have
customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading
positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications,
including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air
refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission