AST and Osprey worked closely together to ensure Tom Kneen’s JPK 11.80 350 Cruiser, Sunrise, was equipped with the latest Iridium Certus 200 terminal in preparation for the 49th Rolex Fastnet Race, which took place from Sunday 8th August to Thursday 12th August 2021.
The Rolex Fastnet Race is the world’s largest and toughest offshore yacht race. With teams covering 695 nautical miles over five days, this prestigious Atlantic Ocean race requires speed and precision to win. Named after Fastnet Rock, which the racecourse rounds, the Rolex Fastnet race has proven to be highly influential in offshore racing as well as having close links to advances in yacht technology, design, sailing technique and equipment.
Navigating the racecourse requires skills and reliable communication, with the courses path taking the vessel in and out of GSM range, a fail-safe solution was required. Due to its compact size and powerful capability, the Thales VesseLink with Iridium Certus broadband was the obvious choice.