Whether its sturdy and versatile handheld satellite phones or lightweight, high-performance broadband equipment, OCENS has a long history of supporting the ocean racer. We have a track record dating back to the late-1990s of supplying satellite phones and data services to participants in the Newport-Bermuda, Marion-Bermuda, Annapolis-Bermuda, Vic-Maui, Pacific Cup, Trans-Pac, Sydney-Hobart, Caribbean 1500, even the Vende Globe and Volvo. We also contribute to many ocean rallies such as the Caribbean 1500 and BajaHaHa.Rental packages are available for handhelds, external antennas and cabling. Fleet Broadband systems deliver background and streaming IP and voice service to top-end racing sleds. WeatherNet and OCENS Mail provide critical ocean and race information in a highly compressed and accelerated fashion. Our support side has experienced the rush which is the last minute preparation of your vessel communications for the race ahead. When it comes to racing, we’re experienced, we’re knowledgeable and, just like you, we’re highly competitive.
Presently our race rentals incorporate the Iridium handheld satellite phone because of its global coverage and persistent reliability. One, two and four week packages are available and provide the option to pay for your airtime on an as-used basis or prepay and save on 60, 120 and 240 minute bundles. Accessories and robust marine antennas also can be rented as your needs dictate. All rentals are shipped to you in a durable, water-resistant Pelican case with the phone securely nestled in a thick foam insert.
Weighing less than 9 pounds (3.9 kg) and just 11 inches (28 cm) in diameter, the Fleet Broadband 150 is an excellent choice for the racer keen on maximizing broadband access with a minimum on-vessel footprint. If streaming IP services are a necessity for promotional videos or vessel to support team conferencing, the Fleet 250 is necessary. It is just 11 ounces (0.3 kg) heavier than the 150. Both systems also provide crystal-clear voice communication throughout their range from 70N to 70S.
Its presence within some of the world’s leading navigation packages (Nobeltec, Expedition, B&G, SailFast and others) speaks volumes to WeatherNet’s ability to provide weather and ocean information critical to the decision-making of a racing team. WeatherNet now contains arguably the world’s largest library of GRIB information covering any portion of the world’s oceans. With none of these data proprietary, WeatherNet rapidly downloads GRIB wind, wave and ocean current information which can be pumped directly into your optimal routing software. Of course, the service also provides the latest classical information such as text and buoy reports, weather charts and satellite imagery. WeatherNet integrates seamlessly with any satellite phone.