Leading Sailing Electronics Brand Becomes Official Technical Supplier for The Ocean Race Europe and The Ocean Race 2022/23
Southampton, UK – B&G®, the world’s leading sailing electronics manufacturer, has returned as an Official Technical Supplier to The Ocean Race, including the upcoming inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe that begins May 29 in Lorient, France. B&G has a rich and long tradition with The Ocean Race dating back to the original Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973 and has been a part of each edition of The Ocean Race since – including being on-board every race winner of this epic adventure around the globe.
“We have been working alongside the Ocean Race organizers, teams and crews to not only provide the most accurate and reliable sailing navigation, but also to help develop and innovate new technologies for the wider sailing community for the last five decades, and we’re pleased to be back again for the 2022-23 edition of The Ocean Race,” said Simon Conder, Global Head of Brand for B&G. “More immediately, we’re excited to follow this upcoming sprint around the Iberian Peninsula to Genoa in The Ocean Race Europe, a fantastic prologue to next year that will provide us some interesting insights into the two classes of boats competing in The Ocean Race.”
“B&G has been a critical and highly valued technical partner for the VO65 class since its inception for the 2014-15 edition of the Race,” said Neil Cox, Technical Director for The Ocean Race. “As the fleet prepares for a third race around the planet, this partnership gives the sailors the advanced technology, technical support, confidence and reliability they need to perform at the highest levels.
Looking at the IMOCA fleet, we know the sailors in this class also rely on B&G for technical and performance solutions to the unique challenges faced when racing a foiling 60-footer offshore and we are grateful to have such a high level of expertise and support available to us at The Ocean Race through this strong relationship with B&G.”
The next edition of The Ocean Race is scheduled to start in October 2022 in Alicante, Spain with the finish at the Grand Final in Genoa, Italy in June 2023. It will be contested by two classes of boats, including the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 (VO65) and the innovative, foiling IMOCA 60 class. Likewise, The Ocean Race Europe will feature both classes during a one-month offshore race, including several boats that competed in the most-recent Vendée Globe.
“The Ocean Race is a pinnacle in the world of sailing and with the addition of many of the fastest IMOCAs in the world, it will make for an exciting event. Along with the VO65s many of these IMOCAs – including the recent Vendée winner – rely on B&G electronics to maximize their potential and their safety as they sail in the toughest of conditions, so it makes for a great partnership,” added Conder.
Along with the common goals of product innovation, maximizing sailing performance and navigational safety, both partners also share a mutual commitment to sustainability. The Ocean Race has made ocean health and “Racing with Purpose” one of its fundamental missions dating back nearly a decade, while B&G has made big strides in moving to plastic free and fully-recycled packaging in their new product ranges, as well as recently making sustainability one of its three corporate core pillars as part of its longer-term five-year strategy.
“In B&G we have a partner who is taking on the challenge of re-imagining its business with sustainability as a core pillar,” Cox continued. “As sailors, it is only natural that our top priority would be to restore and protect the ocean – it is our racetrack and lifeblood.”
About B&G: The B&G® brand is all about passion for sailing – totally dedicated to the needs of sailors, whether cruisers, racers or Professionals, it is wholly owned by Navico®, AS. Navico is currently one of the world’s largest marine electronics company and produces products under leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance®, Simrad Yachting, B&G and C-MAP®. Navico has approximately 1,800 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com
About The Ocean Race: Since 1973, The Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been the proving ground for the legends of our sport.
The last edition of the race was the closest in history, with three teams virtually tied, approaching the finish line. After 126 days of racing spread across 11 legs, the winning margin for Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team was only 16 minutes. The top three teams were separated by just four points.
The next edition of The Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2022 and will finish in Genoa, Italy in summer of 2023.
The Ocean Race Europe
In May/June of 2021, IMOCA and VO65 teams will take part in the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe, starting in Lorient, France on May 29 and finishing in Genova, Italy on June 19, with stops in Cascais, Portugal and Alicante, Spain.
Sustainability in The Ocean Race
We have a proven commitment to sustainability, and with the support and collaboration of 11th Hour Racing, Founding Partner of the Race Sustainability Programme and Premier Partner of The Ocean Race, we are inspiring action and creating tangible outcomes.
Building upon our award-winning legacy in sustainability, our innovative Racing With Purpose programme is acting as a catalyst for positive change and accelerating the application of innovative solutions to help restore ocean health.