Following the announcement of the exciting partnership between Mastervolt, the Dutch-based manufacturer of premium electrical systems, and Emirates Team New Zealand, one of the strongest sailing teams in the world, Mastervolt has been working alongside the team in their position as Exclusive Team Supplier of batteries for the CAMPER project for the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race to ensure the yacht is race ready and fully equipped with the best battery and electrical systems for the gruelling round the world challenge beginning in October.
Prior to the Volvo Ocean Race start, Emirates Team NewZealandand the crew of CAMPER have completed more than 8000 nautical miles onboard the Volvo Open 70, including their 2000 mile race qualifying sail. This time and mileage on the water was invaluable for testing all the equipment onboard in preparation for the race. Mastervolt supplied CAMPER with a wide range of its technical products, including Mastervolt Li-Ion 24/160 batteries, MasterShunt 500, MasterView Monitor, a ChargeMaster 24/30 battery charger and Alpha Pro 24V regulator, amongst other alternator controllers and other system components.
Commenting on the performance of the Mastervolt kit, Greg Lewis, the CAMPER with Emirates Team NewZealandelectronics engineer, said; “A lot of the distance sailed so far has been in extreme weather and conditions – and our bank of Mastervolt Lithium-Ion batteries performs very well. The bank of five 160ah batteries can run the yacht’s onboard systems for nearly four full days before charging is required. The MasterBus system with the MasterView display is very easy to use. We can monitor the entire system from the navigation station. It gives us the Amp/Hours remaining and percent of battery charge.”
Mastervolt is also proving to be an integral part of the team when it comes to speed and performance onboard CAMPER, as Mastervolt batteries, fitted in a watertight box and strapped with webbing and Spectra lashing, power the key DC hydraulic system for fine tuning the canting keel.
Marketing Manager of Mastervolt, Marc Persoon, commented, “Mastervolt has always been renowned for its state of the art technology. Our top of the range Lithium-Ion batteries are no exception. Emirates Team New Zealand selected these to save on battery weight for obvious reasons, and will furthermore enjoy their durable qualities and safety aspects in the coming months. Mastervolt is proud to partner with one of the world’s leading sailing teams as the exclusive battery supplier.”
Since theAmerica’s Cup in 2007, Emirates Team NewZealandhas been running three exciting projects to keep the team active and diversified. The team campaigned a TP52 in the 2009 and 2010 Audi MedCup Series, winning the season championship in both years. The team partnered with Camper, a Spanish international footwear brand, to design, build and campaign an entry in the Volvo Ocean Race.
For further Mastervolt product information, please visit www.mastervolt.com and to stay up to date with CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand’s progress in the Volvo Ocean Race, click www.camper.com/en/volvo-ocean-race.