Iridium provides race communications

BETHESDA, Md. – Geolink is providing global satellite communication services with Iridium for the Oryx Quest 2005 round-the-world sailboat race, which got underway in February, Iridium said in a release yesterday.

Three of the giant multi-hull sailboats – Geronimo, Daedelus and Doha 2006 – have been equipped with Iridium handheld telephones by Geolink, the official communication supplier for the Oryx Quest event.

“Iridium’s global satellite coverage and service allows the racers to send and receive voice, messaging, data, the latest weather forecasts and routing advice from their experts ashore regardless of the extreme conditions at sea,” said Bruno Gicquel, maritime operations director at Geolink.

Iridium and Geolink are also providing global satellite communication services for the Vendée Globe single-handed sailboat race, which is currently underway.

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