As eight crews wrestle the waves for this year's Volvo Ocean Race, the leading global event for yacht racing, only the ‘Delta Lloyd' crew is sailing safe in the knowledge that their health needs are covered wherever they are in the world, thanks to Bupa International.
The 11-strong team of the Delta Lloyd chose Bupa International because they wanted high quality international healthcare for the nine month, round-the-world event, known as the "Everest of Sailing’. Each crew member has access to over 5,500 participating hospitals worldwide and a 24-hour, 365 days a year multi-lingual helpline, offering up-to-date medical advice, which is vital due to the unpredictable nature of life at sea.
The crew, consisting of team members from the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Belgium and the U.S.A. are also covered when they are onshore, after each leg of the race.
Alvaro Munoz of Bupa International says: "The Ocean Race is a gruelling test of endurance and skill, which can take its toll on a crew's health and wellbeing. Our comprehensive international policy provides them with the peace of mind that should they be injured or fall ill during the race; they would have the very best in healthcare, wherever they are in the world."
The Ocean Race started on October 11 and spans some 37,000 nautical miles, taking in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing on the 25 June 2009 in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the race's history.
International health insurance: News update: October 2008