Sailing navigation and instrument specialist B&G, a Navico brand, has been made an official Volvo Ocean Race supplier for the 2017/18 race.

B&G will supply the entire fleet of Volvo Ocean 65 yachts with state-of-the-art navigation systems, tactical software and Grand Prix level instrument systems. The company will also provide race support to the organisers and crews of the race, which begins on October 4 in Alicante, Spain.

“Since the inception of the world-renowned Volvo Ocean Race, every winning team has relied on sailing instruments from B&G,” says Navico CEO Leif Ottosson. “In 2017 this brilliant racing heritage will continue to deliver the teams with the very latest racing equipment to confidently navigate each leg of this gruelling 45,000 nautical mile race.”

B&G’s instrument and navigation equipment will be based on WTP3 – the powerful Wave Technology Processor that monitors the yacht's systems and eliminates the effects of boat motion from critical wind data. Integrated with wind, boat speed, heading, GPS, load cells, keel angle and rudder angle sensors, WTP3 provides the teams with highly accurate real time information.

Additional equipment will include with B&G’s new widescreen Zeus multifunction display, broadband 4G radar, Class-B AIS systems, 20/20 HV displays and a range of high precision sensors.

“We have worked closely with the Volvo Ocean Race team and their partners to provide technical solutions that integrate the Volvo Ocean 65's systems together,” Ottosson adds. “These highly tuned yachts and their crews rely on B&G to ensure they are at the peak of their performance abilities, our products are put through extreme conditions, which in turn helps us develop better sailing equipment for our sailing customers in the future."

As well as a complete line-up of B&G products, racing teams will also be supported at every stopover by B&G specialist support staff and crews will have 24/7 emergency technical assistance worldwide.

The Volvo Ocean Race, technical race and media teams are also supplied with live data transmitted from the B&G systems on board, to the race HQ in Alicante via Inmarsat communications. This allows monitoring of each vessel, as well as providing an overview of current weather, boat location and overall leader positions.