made possible by inmarsat

FleetBroadband & IsatPhone 2

Additional safety features

“This is undoubtedly the most challenging sporting event in the calendar and we’re pleased to play such a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the crews onboard each boat.”
Rupert Pearce, Inmarsat CEO



We have developed a suite of FleetBroadband voice safety services for vessels, such as leisure boats, that do not come under Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) regulations:

  • 505 Emergency Calling – simply dial ‘505’ to be put straight through to a strategically-placed Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre (MRCC)
  • Voice distress – press the red button on the optional alarm panel to interrupt all other calls and get routed to an MRCC
  • Urgency priority – dial a 2-digit code for medical advice or assistance

IsatPhone 2

Stowed in each of the boats’ liferaft packs is our latest handheld satellite phone, IsatPhone 2. With an unrivalled eight hours of talk time and up to 160 hours battery life on standby the robust handset includes a GPS tracking function and an assistance alert button to bring peace of mind to both the crews and their families and the support teams back home.

Inmarsat C

Our safety service has helped save thousands of lives at sea. Inmarsat C beams back the boats’ GPS locations to race HQ every 10 seconds, so that they always know where every team is and that the alarm can be raised if they stop or veer off course. As an added bonus, race fans can also pinpoint the teams’ progress over the nine-month course using the race tracker, which is updated every three hours.


Safety at sea

In one of the world’s most dangerous and isolated sports, the need to be prepared for the worst is crucial to the safety of the competing teams.

Inmarsat was set up 38 years ago to play a crucial role in maritime safety. We are the satellite foundation for the Global Maritime Distress Safety Service (GMDSS), which ensures rapid, automated alerts can be sent to rescue authorities like the coast guard whenever a vessel is in danger.

The introduction of the GMDSS in 1992 marked the most important change in maritime safety since the advent of radio in 1899. Today, Inmarsat remains the only satellite communications provider that meets the high safety standards of the GMDSS with 99.9% availability of its satellite and ground network.