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AST supports attempt to break West Around the World Sailing Record

AST sponsors attempt to sail around the world (AST)

Posted on February 3, 2022 at 3:09 p.m. by

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Worldwide supplier of intelligent remote communication solutions, Applied Satellite Technology (AST) is an official supporter to use it again! Trimaran and its two award-winning skippers, Romain Pilliard and Alex Pella in their attempt to circumnavigate the globe, heading West against prevailing winds and currents in 122 days to beat the current world record.

A legendary boat, performance and the circular economy

The objective of this record attempt is to demonstrate that we can rethink performance and experience exceptional challenges while minimizing our impact on the planet, it aims to promote and develop the circular economy through a sporting adventure as much as scientist.

The multihull is the legendary refurbished trimaran of 18-year-old Ellen McArthur, B&Q Castomara, which saw him become the fastest person to circumnavigate the world solo in 2005. Adopting the principles of the circular economy using recycled, upcycled, reconditioned and original parts, Romain pursued the technical innovation to give a second life to the Trimaran while minimizing the impact on the planet. For example, most of the sails are cut from salvaged sails, the cabin has been refitted from old windsurf boards and refurbished solar panels have been installed on technical fabric from scraps of fabric used to make car airbags.

A science project and a celebration of human effort

In addition to aiming for a new world record, the race will support a unique scientific project to enable a research program on ocean noise pollution. It is about recording the sound of the ocean and mammals, to create the 1st world mapping of ocean sounds for the purpose of ocean protection.

This challenge also celebrates 500 years since Magellan and Elcano’s first circumnavigation and only five people have completed the westabout circumnavigation – no one has done it yet on a multihull.

AST provided an Iridium Certus airtime plan, activated on a Thales VesseLINK terminal combined with the INTEGRA Control bandwidth management solution, which means that the crew will be able to ensure the best use of the bandwidth and connectivity throughout the journey.

Frédérique Gérard, Director of Corporate Communication said “Pushing the limits and innovating in a meaningful way is close to our hearts and to our values, and AST wanted to be part of this adventure, we wish the best to Romain and Alex and will follow their development. with a lot of expectation. »

The team set sail on January 4, 2022. You can follow their progress at Use It Again! or on AST’s LinkedIn page.

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