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Ocean Signal: All Sat Communications Supplies Crew of Celestial with 14 Ocean Signal Man Overboard Devices for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Press release   •   Dec 24, 2018 08:44 GMT

Ocean Signal rescueME MOB1

All Sat Communications has sponsored the crew of Tattersall Cup contender ‘Celestial’ with 14 Ocean Signal rescueME MOB1s for the 2018 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.

Significantly improving the safety of everyone on board the TP 52 racing yacht, the award-winning personal man overboard device is automatically triggered in the event of a man overboard situation. The MOB1 transmits the first alert within 15 seconds to all AIS receivers and AIS-enabled plotters in the vicinity as well as activating the DSC alarm on the vessel’s VHF radio to alert fellow crew members. It also provides visual indication with the integrated strobe light.

The elite crew, led by owner and skipper CYCA Rear Commodore Dr Sam Haynes, with Ben Rice as navigator, will carry the light and compact rescueME MOB1s on their life jackets to ensure the best chance of rescue should anyone fall overboard during the 74th edition of the famous Boxing Day race.

All Sat Communications director Ian Veitch said: “Safety is of paramount importance during this historic race so we are proud to be providing Ocean Signal’s market-leading products and to be contributing to keeping the competitors as safe as possible. The MOB1 with both AIS and DSC technologies makes a huge difference to how quickly a yacht can navigate back to a person in the water, particularly in difficult conditions or at night. These devices are popular with crew because they are so small and compact, but still easy to use.

“Several crew members on other boats competing in the race have also chosen to use Ocean Signal MOBs, as well as the Ocean Signal rescueME PLB1s personal locator beacons and other devices.”

Launched in 2007, Celestial was designed by Judel/Vrolijk (Germany) and has been formerly known as ‘Wot Now/Shogun 1’ and ‘Fomo’. Haynes finished third overall in the 2013 Sydney Hobart Race in his previous Celestial.

Organised by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia with the co-operation of Royal Yacht club of Tasmania, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race has led the way in race communications and sea safety, maintaining the highest standards of yacht construction, rigging and stability for ocean racing yachts.

The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race covers 628nm and first started in 1945. It has become an icon of Australia’s summer sport, attracting huge media coverage. For more information, visit

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For further information, please contact:

James Hewitt

Ocean Signal

Tel: +44 (0)1843 282930



Australian Distributor

Ian Veitch

All Sat Communications

Tel: 1300 747 587



Jules Riegal

Saltwater Stone

Tel: +44 (0)1202 669244


About Ocean Signal

Communication and safety at sea specialist Ocean Signal™ is dedicated to providing the technology and quality of product that will set industry standards.

Ocean Signal’s product portfolio consists of the rescueME range of products, including the rescueME PLB1, the rescueME MOB1, the rescueME EPIRB1 and the rescueME EDF1 electronic distress flare, plus the AIS Alarm Box, and the SafeSea range of GMDSS products, including the E100 and E100G EPIRB, S100 SART and V100 handheld VHF radio, as well as the M100 and M100X professional MSLD and E101V float-free EPIRB with integrated voyage data record memory capsule. They provide both recreational and commercial mariners with simple to use, compact and affordable life-saving solutions. All products are engineered by a highly experienced team of marine electronics professionals.

Ocean Signal products are trusted by high-profile sailors, rowers, surfers and powerboat racing teams. Providing some of the world’s best competitors and adventurers with vital safety and communication devices, the rescueME MOB1 and rescuePLB1 were integrated with the Spinlock lifejacket and personal equipment packs for the crews in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 and the rescueME MOB1 was also selected to enhance safety standards for crew taking part in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race. Ocean Signal has also sponsored the crew of Simply Fun with rescueME MOB1s, rescueME PLBs and a rescueME EPIRB1 in the 2016 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the 16-man crew of Triton with rescueME MOB1s in the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, record-breaking sailor Andrea Mura in the single-handed OSTAR race, Mini Transat 2015 solo sailor Lizzy Foreman, ocean rowing teams including Ocean Valour, Ocean Brothers and Carbon Zerow and solo rower Lia Ditton, Venture Cup offshore powerboat race team Cinzano, kite racer Gina Hewson and canoeist Adam Weymouth.

Safety and communication products from Ocean Signal offer exceptional value, meeting or exceeding international technical and safety standards. Careful design and innovation provides commercial shipping, fishing and recreational users the confidence that their Ocean Signal equipment will work to, and beyond, their expectations when it is needed most.