by Dulcie Allen, B&G 9 Sep 08:00 UTC Didac Costa © B&G Tweet
B&G®, global leader in electronics for sailing and instrumentation specialist, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Barcelona navigator Didac Costa through which he becomes an ambassador for the brand.
One of the most active ocean sailors of his generation, Didac Costa has accumulated numerous nautical achievements over the last decade and will shortly be competing in the Vendée Globe for the second time. “We are very proud to have Didac in our B&G ambassador’s team” comments Pascual Román, Country Manager for B&G Iberia. “In addition to his extensive experience as a sailor, at B&G we value his positive attitude and tenacity, as well as his involvement in different projects related to the environment and the protection of the oceans.”
Onboard his Imoca 60 “One Planet One Ocean”, Didac has the latest state-of-the-art electronics to compete at the highest level in the Vendée Globe: From the new Halo20 + radar, which thanks to its industry-leading 60 RPM operation offers a near real-time view from close range, to the recently introduced Zeus3S, a chartplotter with an extraordinarily fast response time that will give him the information he needs when he needs it.
A full H5000 Hercules system has also been installed on board the “One Planet One Ocean”, which has specific functions for competition, including polar tables for performance objectives and 3D Motion correction for maximum precision in the wind data. In addition, the H5000 autopilot system is highly effective in the most demanding conditions and environments and is perfect for solo sailing.
“I am delighted to be collaborating with B&G and having their technology to compete in a race as demanding as the Vendée Globe” says Didac Costa. “Having a reliable and accurate source of data is key to success and I am looking forward to showing other sailors how I use electronics in my day to day. ”
In addition to competing in regattas around the world, Didac Costa is involved in numerous initiatives and projects related to the environment. The “One Planet One Ocean” is an ambassador of the IOC-UNESCO and, as such, he aims to help protect the oceans.
Thanks to a sensor installed on board, Didac will participate in a long-term study of surface temperature and salinity and will be able to take measurements in the most remote waters on the planet. The data will be transmitted by satellite and the results will serve scientists to improve their understanding of the regulatory role of the oceans in relation to climate and its changes.
In addition, through its collaboration with the Plankton Planet organization, its IMOCA will become a base for collecting samples of plankton, which will be analysed on their return and studied by scientists to better understand how these organisms live, how they are organized and how they adapt to changes in temperature and salinity caused by climate change.