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Ocean Safety clinches supply contract for 2017 Volvo Ocean Race

Ocean Safety clinches supply contract for 2017 Volvo Ocean Race

Ocean Safety has signed an agreement to provide an inventory of safety equipment to each yacht in the 2017/2018 Volvo Ocean Race, the fifth consecutive time the company has supplied the world’s longest and toughest fully crewed yacht race.


Each yacht will carry the very latest in technological development including life preservation products, location and recovery equipment, as well as tried and tested products. Ocean Safety, which is the UK’s largest independent safety supplier, will also be running Sea Survival training courses for the crews prior to the start.

Every yacht will carry two Ocean Safety bulkhead mounted Jonbuoy Recovery Modules with Jonbuoy horseshoes. Each will be fitted with an Ocean Signal MOB1 which will automatically activate if the Jonbuoy is launched. Ocean Safety SOLAS compliant Compact liferafts have been especially adapted to the exacting rules of the Volvo Ocean Race. Other new equipment includes a custom flare pack to include smoke flares, hand flares and rockets.

Alistair Hackett of Ocean Safety comments “Once again we are delighted to be supplying the Volvo Ocean Race fleet. This is a testament to the relationship that we have developed with VOR over the years and the quality of our products. We continue to work with the organisers to create a safety system on board which will aid immediate, effective survival at sea.”

Two teams have already been announced and more are expected to follow shortly to take the challenge on one of the eight identical Ocean 70 yachts. Next year’s edition of the race will feature almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, making it the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.

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