​Tough Technology for Toughest Ocean Challenge

13 July 2017

The Clipper Race is one of the toughest ocean challenges on the planet, which makes it a perfect fit for world leading technology brand Dell, which has come on board as the Rugged computing technology supplier for the Clipper 2017-18 Race.

“The Clipper Race partnership with Dell is a great fit for both sides,” says Sir Robin Knox-Johnston.

“The race and its crew will traverse some of the most inhospitable corners of the globe, and having the very best rugged performance technology on board each yacht will support the teams’ efforts to perform at their very best, whilst showcasing the Ruggeds capabilities in such extreme environments.”

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston with the Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme 14-inch notebook ©Shaun Roster

Dell’s Latitude Rugged laptops and tablets will be fitted to each of the twelve 70-foot ocean racing yachts. They will be used by the Skipper and crew for on board navigation to plot the fastest routes, keep regular contact with the Race Office, and send back daily blogs, images and video so followers and those at home can keep up with all the action on board.

“These themes are reflected in the products, services, and core values of Dell,” says Rugged Mobility, Dell Client Product Group Vice President, Shannon MacKay.

“Taking on Mother Nature’s toughest conditions, the yachts and their crew will face many tests, including extreme heat, condensation, corrosive salt water, and numbing cold, requiring the toughest technology to see each team through to the finish.”

The Dell Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme 14-inch notebook is made with shock-absorbent materials and meets rigorous military-standard requirements. Compression-sealed from sand, dust and liquids and built to withstand extreme heat and cold whilst withstanding shocks, drops and vibrations.

The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Extreme is a 12-inch 2-in-1 notebook built for real-world performance and security. It features a first-of-its-kind flip-hinge design for versatility in any environment.

To further showcase the capabilities of Dell Latitude Rugged, two members of the Clipper 2017-18 Race Crew will act as ambassadors for Dell throughout the race. They will use the Dell Rugged mobility devices to share their experiences on blog posts, video, and social media.

Think you have what it takes to take on the Race of Your Life? There are still limited places available for the Clipper 2017-18 Race and applications are now also open for the 2019-20 edition. To experience the adventure of a lifetime, apply here.

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