Racing with the world’s best at the Palermo–Montecarlo Regatta 2014

Thuraya and its Service Partner, Intermatica, were proud sponsors of maritime satellite communications equipment for the B2 Monaco Racing Fleet

This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Palermo–Montecarlo Regatta, an international offshore race that attracted some of the world’s top teams. Held from August 21 – 26, 2014, the race ran along the breathtaking seacapes of the Gulf of Mondello through to the entrance of Monaco.

“The Palermo-Montecarlo is world’s most challenging and beautiful regatta. It is the only race involving three major islands in the Mediterranean Sea,” said renowned Italian sailor and former regatta champion, Mauro Pelaschier. “It is 500 nautical miles that departed from Sicily, with a transition in Costa Smeralda (between Sardinia and Corsica) that ended in the Principauté de Monaco, a spectacular but highly technical regatta.”

Organized by the Circolo della Vela Sicilia and the Yacht Club de Monaco, in collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, the Palermo-Montecarlo attracted a total of 40 boats, almost twice the number since last year. Illustrious participants included the fleet led by Pierre Casiraghi, son of Princess Carolina of Monaco and of Stefano Casiraghi, winner of the regatta in 2013. The awards ceremony was held at the beautiful Yacht Club de Monaco, with over 3,000 guests.

Race communications

Thuraya and Intermatica were proud to sponsor the Thuraya Orion IP maritime broadband terminal on the B2 Monaco Racing Fleet. Representing the Yacht Club de Monaco, the 16-meter boat was the recent winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race 2013 and the 151 Miglia 2014. Its renowned sailing team included Pierre Casiraghi, Tommaso Chieffi and highly experienced crew from the America’s Cup.

The sponsorship enabled the team to obtain race and weather updates as well as keep fans and family abreast of their experience by posting videos and photos Facebook.

“Watching the videos, faces of the team and the beautiful Mediterranean Sea was very exciting. We all felt like we were part of the regatta with a highly skilled team,” said Claudio Castellani, President at Intermatica. Race media partner, Saily.it, published all the interviews and the videos on its website, generating strong support and new fans for the regatta.

In addition to the B2, the organizers participated in the regatta on the WB Five, led by Piero Majolino and Manuel Modena, who will be part of the Luna Rossa team in the next edition of the America’s Cup. The team exchanged information and coordinated safety routes with the organizers through their Thuraya XT handset.

Vital communications at sea

Being at sea, whether as part of a race team or simply sailing, is a fantastic experience. For the Palermo-Montecarlo teams, the race provided them a stunning backdrop unique to the Mediterranean. At the same time, the teams always had to be mindful of weather conditions and be quick to re-chart their course in accordance with these changes. For the safety and security purposes, Intermatica recommends keeping connected with mobile satellite communications such as the Thuraya XT and Orion IP. The Thuraya XT handset works best in cases of emergencies. Do remember to change and test your handset prior to setting sail. To ensure that your Thuraya XT is working, dial “11 11 2”, Thuraya’s free number which is a quick and efficient way of testing your handset.

For those who need to be connected online for leisure or work, the Thuraya Orion IP is a basic maritime-specific mobile broadband satellite terminal, which comes at a very affordable price. Easy to install, Intermatica believes this is the most ideal solution for data connectivity needs for maritime navigation.

For more information on Intermatica, visit: http://www.intermatica.it

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