made possible by inmarsat

Race Partner

More than just a sponsor

Inmarsat is the official Satellite Communications Partner for the fifth consecutive edition of this gruelling and thrilling race, which takes in four oceans and five continents. Through our partnership, the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is set to be the most connected sporting event in history, despite playing out in the most challenging and remote arena possible – the world’s oceans.

Delivering essential safety services, fleet tracking and communications access via the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite network, each of the race boats will be able to share pictures, videos and stories of their demanding journey via TV, websites and all social media channels.

We also sponsor the Inmarsat Communications Award which sees a top prize awarded at the end of the race to the most outstanding content contributor overall. The gripping multimedia content produced daily by the Onboard Reporters (OBRs) and crew, is responsible for keeping a global audience on the edge of its seat over nine months, nine legs and 45,000 nautical miles. All made possible by Inmarsat.

The Volvo Ocean 65 race yachts are equipped with our flagship maritime services and latest satellite phone:

  • FleetBroadband 500 and FleetBroadband 250 – to power high-speed, always-on voice and data communications
  • Inmarsat C – two-way data connection for emergency services and 24/7 tracking
  • IsatPhone 2 – a reliable and robust satellite phone that’s stowed away in each boat’s liferaft pack

About us

Our maritime history

Inmarsat has been connecting the world for over 38 years. Founded to provide maritime safety services, our business has evolved to provide connectivity to organisations and individuals enabling them to stay in touch on land, at sea or in the air.

Today, as well as merchant shipping, our customers include governments, airlines, broadcast media, the oil and gas industry, mining, construction and humanitarian aid agencies – to name just a few. What they share is the need to communicate where terrestrial telecom networks are unreliable or simply cannot reach.

But we remain committed to maritime safety. Set up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1979 to enable ships to stay in constant touch with shore or to call for help in an emergency, we are the satellite cornerstone of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

To this day, Inmarsat is the only satellite communications provider that meets the high safety standards of the GMDSS with 99.9% network availability across its L-band satellites and ground network. We’re not only trusted by the Volvo Ocean Race but by millions of seafarers around the globe on a daily basis too.