Inmarsat Media Pioneer Award Honours Volvo Ocean Race Legends

Press Release   •   Nov 01, 2011 08:36 GMT

Inmarsat will celebrate its heritage in maritime safety and 30-year long history with the Volvo/Whitbread Round the World Race by honouring the contribution, courage and commitment of the pioneering photographers on the original races.

The Inmarsat Media Pioneer Award will be presented at the Volvo Ocean Race Legends Prize giving on Thursday 3rd November in Alicante, Spain by Chris McLaughlin, Vice President, External Affairs, Inmarsat.

Inmarsat's satellite technology is a key enabler for all aspects of the 2011-12 race - for position reporting, sending live video footage or photos of on-board action to the world's media, providing safety communications in the event of an accident, and for boosting crew morale.

Inmarsat's FleetBroadband service has taken media coverage of the race into a whole new era. Faster transmission speeds delivering better quality live broadcasts.

Volvo Ocean Race Legends will be the first reunion of veterans from this 38-year old race.

In recognition of the vital role of recording and reporting life onboard has always played in driving awareness and the excitement of the race to fans, the media and sponsors, Inmarsat is honouring an outstanding media pioneer, who, in his own modest way began the task that has now developed into a full time onboard media crew member role.

Says Chris McLaughlin: "This award acknowledges the invaluable role reportage plays in the history of this race and recognises Inmarsat's 30-year history with the race and our heritage in maritime safety. In the last race, 2008-09, FleetBroadband delivered a flawless service."

Inmarsat is also sponsoring the Media Crew Member (MCM) Award of 1,000 Euros (US$1,358) on each leg of the race, plus a 10,000 Euro (US$13,585) prize for the best overall contribution to race coverage.

This race each Volvo Open 70 race boat will be fitted with a FleetBroadband 500 terminal, delivering voice and high-speed data communications. Competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 will be the first sailors with access to the new 'red button' safety service on FleetBroadband, giving instant one-touch contact with maritime rescue coordination centres. Also onboard will be a compact FleetBroadband 150 for crew voice calling and IP data, two Mini-C systems for constant positioning data and additional global safety communications. In addition, the race is endorsing IsatPhone Pro, Inmarsat's new global satellite phone, by including it in the boats' safety kits.

For further information: Shireen Crowe, Direct PR Tel: + 44 7879 417 177, or Lizzie Ward,
Manager Volvo Ocean Race Legends T. +34 966 011 153 M. +44 7801 185 320 or Anne Massot, PR for Volvo Ocean Race Legends + 00 33 6 16 19 12 20