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Press Release

May 5, 2009

Josie Patterson
MIT Museum

Andrea Cohen
MIT Sea Grant
617 253-3461

Volvo ocean race


MIT Museum and MIT Sea Grant Program
Host Volvo Ocean Race Video Showcase
Featuring Inmarsat Technology
High-Definition Video Transmission from Open Seas

Cambridge, MA-On Wednesday, May 13th, at 6:00 p.m., the MIT Museum and the MIT Sea Grant Program will host an evening symposium to showcase the groundbreaking high-definition footage captured midway through this year's Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) and the innovative technology enabling transmission from the open seas. This new technology holds much promise for ocean-based data telemetry, and will be celebrated at the MIT Museum in an event for students, sailing aficionados and all others.

Scenes from the footage awarded the Inmarsat Media Prize for the Rio - Boston leg of this exciting race will also be shown. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race is a round-the-world yacht race run now run every two years. This year's competition started in Alicante, Spain in October and will conclude in June in St. Petersburg, Russia, when the boats will have traveled approximately 37,000 nautical miles, with stopovers in Cape Town, Kochi, Singapore, Qingdao, Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Goteborg and Stockholm.

For the first time in the 37-year history of the race, each boat carries an on-board videographer and a recently launched satellite communications service called Inmarsat FleetBroadband, which enables high-speed data transmission from across the world's oceans. With Fleetbroadband, the VOR's videographers are able to capture and transmit high-definition video shot during the race for use on broadcast TV and the web in near real time. Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad will open the evening's event with an overview of the race. VOR videographers who have filmed and edited during the grueling race will be featured in a roundtable discussion, along with background on the technology.

The symposium is sponsored by the MIT Museum, The MIT Sea Grant College
Program, and Inmarsat. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Register at: http://seagrant.mit.edu/VOR_registration
Location: 265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139
Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Extreme Videography of the Volvo Ocean Race Poster - (pdf)


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