Volvo race boats' vitals displayed at race HQ
An oversized display of sailing instruments is mounted on a section of mast at the headquarters of the Volvo Ocean Race in Southampton, England, which can be programmed to receive almost real-time updates from any one of the eight competing boats. Each of the boats, which were on layover in Cape Town at press time, following the end of the first leg, is equipped with B&G sailing instruments. Feedback to headquarters is refreshed every 10 minutes, providing the race operations personnel with access to round-the-clock information, like boat speed, wind force, direction and relative angle, and compass course. Each of the yachts is equipped with B&G Hercules instrument packages; race headquarters receive sailing information via the new, large-screen 40/40 displays from B&G.