Inmarsat was the official Satellite Communications Partner for the fifth consecutive edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, which turned out to be the most closely fought in the round the world competition’s 45-year history.
Throughout the 45,000 nm challenge, which began in October 2017, we delivered essential safety services, fleet tracking and voice and data communications to each of the race boats, accessed via the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite network.
The race went on to win the illustrious BT Sports Industry Cutting Edge Sport Award, with judges praising its “advanced use of technology to enhance the media coverage of sailing, making it a more immersive and accessible sport”.
The Volvo Ocean 65 race yachts were equipped with our reliable maritime services and satellite phone:
Having Inmarsat services onboard meant that the Volvo Ocean Race crews had the best communications from boat-to-shore and shore-to-boat – to seek medical advice mid-leg, report damage so repairs could be arranged at the next stopover, or wish a desperately-missed loved one a happy birthday.
For nine months and over 11 legs, the boats’ Onboard Reporters and crew shared thrilling videos and stories with millions of fans via TV, websites and social media channels – and competed for The Inmarsat Communications Award for the most outstanding content contributor overall, with this edition’s prize going to Team Sun Hun Kai/Scallywag.
The world’s most extreme offshore sailing event returns in 2021-22 as The Ocean Race.