With just under one year before the start of The 2022-23 Ocean Race, Swiss watch manufacturer Ulysse Nardin has been named the official timekeeper of the race.
The Ocean Race, formerly known as the Volvo Ocean Race and before that the Whitbread Round the World Race, announced Ulysse Nardin will be overseeing all aspects of timing for the race, including the 24-hour Speed Challenge. The Speed Challenge is a rolling, 24-hour distance record in which the boat in each class that covers the most distance in 24 hours wins. Each leg of the race has its own Speed Challenge. Start sequences, leg timings and finishes will also be tracked by the watch brand.
In addition to timekeeping, Ulysse Nardin has become the Time to Act partner, meant to promote sustainability and care for the ocean. Through the Racing with Purpose program, developed with 11th Hour Racing, The Ocean Race has been focused on educating sailors on best practices and supporting onboard science that collects samples and data from the most remote parts of the ocean.
“The sea has always been part of our world and exploration has always been our spearhead,” said Patrick Pruniaux, CEO of Ulysse Nardin. “Every day, Ulysse Nardin pushes the limits in all fields: technique, design and innovation. Now we are also bringing the same intensity to bear on sustainability.”
The watch manufacturer is well known in the marine industry for on-board marine chronometers that are still popular with collectors today, as well as the nautical inspiration it finds in modern designs. The company is also involved with conservation efforts in reducing oceanic plastic pollution and research to protect marine life, inspired by their emblem, the shark.
The first leg of the Race starts in Alicante, Spain on January 15, 2023. For more on The Ocean Race, visit theoceanrace.com