The Vendée Globe race, also known as the Everest of the Seas, is the first non-stop solo race around the world without assistance. The 16 ocean skippers (Nov. 19th) will have to sail 25.000 miles around the world and try to arrive first with the help of their own sailing skills and impressive equipment ranging from freeze-dried food to complex solar power plants.
Today, we’re going to focus on the vast array of marine electronic software and hardware and all the means of communication, navigation and localization that are required on board by the Fédération Française de Voile and is listed on the IMOCA’s Equipment Inspection for Offshore Racing:
Masthead antenna for transmission/reception alternatively on AIS and VHF
Spare VHF Antenna
HD Camera x 3: 2 fixed (1 inside, 1 outside) and 1 waterproof mobile
Hand-held waterproof VHF Radio with batteries charged and spares, next to the chart table
AIS transceiver, active and software to visualize AIS cables
FleetBroadband 250 or 500 (Inmarsat)
Other satellite equipment
Boat’s Standard C fitted with GPS card + software for polling and data reporting
Antenna free from any obstacle (60 cm) and at sufficient height (55 cm)
Radar target enhancer (RTE)
Impulse Radar: power >2 kW or Broadband radar
Radome at least 5m above the waterline
2 EPIRB – Distress Beacons coded and registered in the boat’s name
PLB in skipper’s name
Individual AIS localization beacon
Paper marine charts for the whole course: scale from 1/5 000 000 to 1/10 000 000
Paper charts or photocopies or screen prints from a marine navigation software or cartography software for landcalls in (click links to access MaxSea’s equivalent charts):
The 2012 Vendée Globe Race starts today and racers are already counting on their marine navigation software to find the best possible route according to weather forecasts and some other important factors.
We’ve launched our Routing Module in order to see what’s the best option at the start of the race and this is what we’ve obtained:
In the image, we can see that at 10am on the 12th, there will be poor wind, which is bad news for the 20 skippers…so we’ve decided to relaunch it using the Alternative Routing feature to see if there could be another more accurate route surrounding that area:
What we’ve got, is a route that goes further in the Ocean, avoiding the Spanish Coast as compared to the previous one:
Here’s a reenactment of this second alternative route for the Vendée Globe racers:
We’ll see which one is taken by the skilled sailors…Good winds for all of them!
MaxSea International is glad to be, once again, an official supplier of the Vendée Globe.
MaxSea will supply the legendary French ocean race with software in order to track the race participants. This task will be accomplished thanks to the performance of MaxSea Racing Module and other great features of MaxSea TimeZero ECS, one of MaxSea’s professional software, especially suited for racing boats.
On November 10th, 19 skippers will try to win the 7th edition of the round-the-world solo race and beat Michel Desjoyaux’s record of 84 days 3 hours and 9 minutes to reach the Sables d’Olonne finish line, set during the last edition of the race (2008-2009).
You can access a more detailed description on our software’s use by the race management team during the Vendée Globe on the event’s official website.
Samantha Davies, the talented british yachtswoman based in France, raced the 220 nm cross-channel “Transmanche” last friday and arrived in a time of 13h30m, 15 minutes from the record set by Sébastien Josse (13h14m), a french skipper based in Brittany.
The courageous sailor, who’s sponsored by MaxSea and Furuno, didn’t beat the record but had the chance to run many weather routings with the help of her MaxSea TimeZero software. The weather wasn’t good to her Savéol boat, just as the routing predicted, so it was at least a great training for the races to come, particularly the Vendée Globe.
The information offered by the Routing module was accurate, a crucial and sometimes painful point in sailboat racing.
Here’s a little abstract of Sam’s post about the Transmanche race:
“Last Friday we raced the Transmanche on board Saveol. The course is simple: L’Aber Wrac’h – Plymouth breakwater – L’Aber Wrac’h. For the IMOCA 60s the race is a “time trial” format, and the record to beat is Seb Josse on board BT – 13h14minutes. I was joined by Erwan Lemeilleur and Roger Capitaine for the race.
For the few days before the race I had been running weather routings that gave us a time of 13h28 at the best and so I knew that we were in for a good try at the record! The conditions were strong easterly winds – reaching both ways – so strong that the other boats in the race were sent on a different course to avoid the gale force winds. “
MaxSea International is very happy to be an official sponsor of the Europa Warm’Up race, a 3.300 nautical miles adventure in 2 legs: Barcelona-Cascais/Cascais-La Rochelle.
The race, organised by the FNOB and IMOCA, will serve as the essential final major event before November’s start of the Vendée Globe race around the world, as they announce, it’s the « Last call before the Vendée Globe ».
It stars 7 IMOCA Open 60 boats (6 French, 1 Spanish): MACIF (who’s also sponsored by MaxSea), Virbac-Paprec, PRB, Banque Populaire, Groupe Bel, Cheminées Poujoulat, and ACCIONA 100% Ecopowered.
Pour la saison 2012-2013, Sam Davies bénéficie du résultat d’une alliance technologique, le nouveau PC radar, et devient ainsi une des premières sportives à l’utiliser à bord de son nouveau bateau Savéol, récemment mis à l’eau.
Cette solution révolutionnaire permet aux coureurs de bénéficier d’un équipement très performant tout en préservant les contraintes de poids et d’espace à bord (connexion directe du PC à l’antenne radar).
La skipper, qui se prépare d’ores et déjà à la prochaine édition du Vendée Globe, a mis son nouveau bateau à l’eau la semaine dernière et a commencé à naviguer à Port-la-Forêt afin de tester Savéol dans des conditions réelles.
This 2012-2013 season, Sam Davies will benefit from a unique joint venture technology, the new PC radar, and be one of the first racers to sail with on her recently launched Savéol boat.
This revolutionary and lightweight solution allows racers to have highly-performing equipment without sacrificing speed and space by connecting her PC directly to the radar antenna.
The female skipper, who started training for the upcoming Vendée Globe, officially launched her new boat last week and started her sailing sessions off Port-la-Forêt in order to test Savéol in real conditions.