16 June 2015: Race fans around the world will be able to follow all the excitement of the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Lorient to Gothenburg in real-time, thanks to Inmarsat’s satellite connectivity.
The mobile-friendly Volvo Ocean Race Tracker, which is available on each of the race’s digital platforms, has been upgraded to ‘live’ mode for the last all-important 960-nautical mile stage to relay a continual stream of data via our FleetBroadband service from the boats to Race Control in Alicante, Spain.
“We’re really pleased to be able to turn our web and app tracker into ‘live’ mode for the final week of what has been an amazingly tightly-fought race over the last nine months,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad.
“This has never been done before by any offshore race on a platform which can be accessed on mobile devices.”
The Tracker is powered with graphics technology from New Zealand-based company Virtual Eye to provide close-up 3D images of the boats, their performance, plus wind direction and speed.
Data will be available between every 10 seconds and five minutes depending on coverage and boat status to enable millions of fans to stay up-to-speed on the latest progress of the boats.
Inmarsat is the official Satellite Communications Race Partner for the Volvo Ocean Race providing 24/7 connectivity for every boat.
Each Volvo Ocean 65 boat is equipped with our flagship FleetBroadband 500 and FleetBroadband 250 service for race logistics, weather updates and to enable Onboard Reporters to send back pictures, videos and blogs from the boats. In addition, they carry our Inmarsat C safety service and an IsatPhone 2 satellite phone in the life raft pack.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is poised to win the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg with an unbeatable eight-point lead, however the rest of the leading positions are still up for grabs, with stiff competition from Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE and Team Alvimedica for second and third place.
The boats are due to arrive in Gotheburg on 21-22 June. For more information go to www.inmarsat.com/vor.