Winning touch for Fastnet Race champions

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. 

Sunset crossing the finish line of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cherbourg.
Sunset crossing the finish line of the Rolex Fastnet Race in Cherbourg. © Paul Wyeth/pwpictures.com

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. 

For the full story, see: https://www.maritime-executive.com/corporate/ast-osprey-supplies-winner-of-rolex-fastnet-race-with-iridium-certus

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