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OceanPack RACE

The OceanPack-RACE® has been developed since 2009. Following the successful Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018, the OceanPack-RACE® had been improved rigorously according to the specifications of the sailors and scientists.

The priorities and results were:

  • Energy reduction for the electronics and sea water pump.
  • Size reduction using new materials and smaller components in a complete new constructed frame and mechanical setup.
  • Significant weight reduction due to innovative materials, such as carbon. Optimized water system and new light-weight course filter.
  • External display control panel can be removed during the race for less energy consumption. The system can be fully programmed to time or event activities.
  • The data can be transmitted in real-time via the vessel on-board system or with an optional sat- or radio-transmitter.
  • Highest data quality will be guaranteed by the auto-span gas calibration; resulting in a better quality flag for the SOCAT data base. The new LI-850 gas analyzer is the latest technology to measure low-power carbon dioxide for scientific purpose.
User statements

OceanPack™ RACE® 6th generation


The 6th generation OceanPack-RACE® is a highly optimized "Underway" or "FerryBox" system especially for racing yachts. Weight, size and energy-consumption are minimized; Frame and Debubbler made of ultra-light weight and robust Carbon No user operation is needed after system power-on. The pCO2 analyzer and a Thermosalinograph (TSG, CTD) are standard sensors. The pCO2 data can optionally be referenced with standard gas(es), so that qualified data can be recorded in the SOCAT database. Complete system with data supply, data storage, power supplies and optional touch screen.



OceanPack™ RACE® gas calibration unit


Optional automatic gas calibration incl. light-weight reference gas tank for unattended automatic operation. The automatic calibration is needed to fulfil the quality standard requirements of the SOCAT database.



OceanPack™ RACE® external display box


External data display and diagnostic unit. During races the display box is removed to save weight and energy. Function: In-port service, all other automatically controlled


OceanPack™ RACE® GPS receiver


Independent marine GPS receiver, for geo-referencing of data. Optional, the ship navigation data can be used in NMEA-0183 format.



OceanPack™ RACE® Thermosalinograph / CT-Sensor


Compact, high-performance C,T probe is operated as the Thermosalinograph for seawater salinity analysis. The sensor is qualified according WOCE / UNESCO standard.




RACE-system onboard


On board Volvo-Ocean-Race © Photo Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race



Volvo Ocean Race


On board Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero, Turn the Tide on Plastic compete in the Around the Island Race. Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race. 02 August, 2017



Racing sailing yacht


Testing on racing sailing yachts: EU project development www.commonsenseproject.eu. © Photo by Jean Marie Liot / DPPI / Vendeé Globe



Data from expedition


pCO2 and Salinity data from expedition PITTARIK on DAGMAR AAEN by ARVED FUCHS sailing in the Arctic with the 4th generation of OceanPack-RACE. © Data processing by Uni Hamburg, Uni Flensburg





Test on ALDEBARAN in the Northsea during the „Meereswettbewerb“





Bark EUROPA sailing 12 months in the Antarctic © Photo Bark Europa, The Netherlands – www.barkeuropa.com





Bark EUROPA with the 2nd generation prototype on board anchoring at Port Lockroy (Graham Land – Antarctic Peninsula). © Photo Joanna Szczepanska – Bark EUROPA – www.barkeuropa.com





Expedition vessel DAGMAR AAEN from ARVED FUCHS sailing in the Arctic with the 4th generation of OceanPack-RACE. © Photo Arved Fuchs – www.arved-fuchs.de



White holes


All data incl. pCO2 of all time, but still „white holes“ in large areas in the south and north hemisphere of the world. (c) Takaschi et. al.



World ocean races


Round-the-world ocean-races are sailing exactly there, where datas are rare. In the chart above the former tests with BARK EURPOE (south) and LA LOUISE (north – not in the chart) as part of the MARTEC OSC development program.



  • High performance and speed capacity in changing open-ocean conditions
  • Effective removing of air bubbles in the seawater
  • Low power consumption – optimized for sailing yachts
  • Complete, able for hand-carrying and easy to maintain – relieving you from extra tasks
  • Flexible sensor equipment
  • Field tested
  • Many options such as self-cleaning, self-powering, real-time telemetry, remote control, …
User statements

"The scientific data … will represent a significant contribution to the already existing observation network. This approach will open the way to the participation of new communities in the observation of our Earth."

Jacqueline Boutin, researcher at LOCEAN (Oceanography and climate Laboratory), and Fabienne Gaillard confirmed.



"Your device is definitely awesome, and I’m absolutely delighted."

Jérôme Chladek, Scientist at Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Hamburg.



"The SubCtech technology is exactly the system we were looking for."

Martin Kramp, Project Manager SailingOne, Oceanology International 2010 Conference



  • Boris Herrmann Racing: IMOCA yacht equiment on MALIZIA in cooperation with GEOMAR, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology MPI-M
  • Volvo-Ocean-Race selects SubCtech for scientific equipment, in cooperation with GEOMAR, NOAA and UNESCO JCOMMOPS. More infos: volvooceanrace.com - since 2019 The Ocean Race (https://www.theoceanrace.com/)
  • R&D project „ERA NET MARTEC – OSC – Entwicklung einer Geräteplattform für Segelschiffe“. Founded by ERA NET MARTEC, BMWI Germany – Förderkennzeichen 03SX371A
    May 2014 – July 2015
  • EU FP7 project COMMON SENSE (Cost-effective sensors, interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems, to meet EU policiy requirements.)Homepage: http://www.commonsenseproject.eu/
    Nov. 2013 – Feb. 2017
  • The global economic competitiveness cluster Pôle Mer Bretagne recognized the scientific programe in February 2012.
  • SubCtech and SailingOne, France, receiving the French-German Prize of Economy award in the Environment category. It is under the patronage of Dr. Philipp Rösler, Germany’s Federal Minister of Economics & Technology and German Vice-Chancellor; and Pierre Moscovici, France’s Federal Minister of Economics and Finances. The award ceremony was used to point out the large value of environmental technologies and several innovations in this sector (2013) – Deutsch-Französischen Wirtschaftspreis 2013