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Communication Upgrade for Team Sodebo Voile

Yacht Crew Intercom & Headsets

Big Blue Yacht Communications provides new body worn intercoms for French sailing team to enhance team communications

30.06.20 – After the successful trial of the Banter Kit, Team Sodebo Voile has chosen Big Blue Yacht Communications as their comms supplier. Team Sodebo Voile, based in Lorient, is skippered by Thomas Coville and the team has participated in races worldwide, including Vendee Globe, Brest Atlantiques and Tour de France a la Voile.

With the high noise levels of the wind and foils, the team started to explore options to optimise their communications. The Banter Kit technology is used all over the world by professional sailors in the worst conditions. For competitive sailors it is key to have unbroken and clear communications with teammates to optimise performance. After testing the equipment, Leo Legrand, engineer stated, “The Banter Kit strikes with its simplicity of use and sound quality, it immediately became an essential element in the team”.

The Banter Kit, with intercom components from Drumgrange Ltd and BBYC’s own custom-made marine headsets, is a fan-favourite for both professional teams and leisure sailors needing communications for 2-4 users at a time. The Banter Kit uses ruggedized IP67 body worn units (which are all bucket tested before they go out the door!) and headsets that have been designed to handle the harsh salt-water environment and programmed to mitigate wind, foil and ambient noise. This combination, along with latching push-to-talk buttons, allows for uncompromised crystal-clear communications for a busy racing sailor.

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Photo credit to: Frédéric Morin / Team Sodebo.

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Big Blue Yacht Communications

Big Blue Yacht Communications is a supplier of intercoms to the yacht racing and superyacht market. Born from a need for rugged, reliable communications that could withstand harsh on-the-water conditions and perform to the standard required by racing sailors. Big Blue Yacht Communications provides bespoke headsets and communications systems to landmark events including SailGP and America’s Cup.

Big Blue Yacht Communications stands out by providing crystal-clear duplex communications with zero latency and programming to mitigate sail, foil and ambient noise without compromising speech clarity. Headsets and equipment alike are designed to work on the water in all conditions.

Team Sodebo Voile

Team Sodebo Voile is skippered by sailor Thomas Coville and based in Lorient, France. Sailing on a trimaran, the Sodebo Ultim 3, the team has taken part in iconic races, including the Vendee Globe, Brest Atlantique and Tour de France a la Voile. The Sodebo Voile team is known for Thomas Coville’s multiple records, including the North Atlantic crossing record (2017), the single-handed around the world record (2016) and 24 hour distance record single-handed (2016) to name a few.

Sodebo Ultim 3 was launched last month after 5 months of refurbishment, and Team Sodebo Voile is in the process of putting a crew together for an attempt at the Trophee Jules Verne (fastest circumnavigation of the world by any type of yacht with no restrictions on the size of the crew provided the vessel has registered for the Trophee Jules Verne attempt).