Riedel deploys Sennheiser waterproof technology covering America’s Cup

Sennheiser supported Riedel during the broadcast of the 36th America’s Cup with waterproof microphones

Sennheiser supported Riedel during the broadcast of the 36th America’s Cup with waterproof microphones. This technology was installed in the crew boomsets and on the on-board cameras. The solution deployed was custom-made by Sennheiser for this event.

The seawater was a challenge for the installation of this solution. Therefore, Sennheiser provided a solution based on the MKE 2 elements. The microphone was protected with a capsule against water by an Umbrella Diaphragm. In addition, the capsule was fitted with a protective grille that lets water simply drip off without ingress into the microphone. Also, the wind during a sailing competition can drill the audio during the broadcast. For that, Sennheiser provided a foam solution.

The microphones achieved IPX7 class protection, meaning they were waterproof up to 1 bar. The technology was connected to Riedel’s Bolero wireless intercom and integrated seamlessly into the overall communication set-up. During the competition, won by Team New Zealand, the audio gave an as-if-there feeling to all the watchers around the globe.

“We are absolutely delighted to having partnered Riedel on this spectacular project,” said co-CEO Andreas Sennheiser. “The America’s Cup is a high-tech race that puts both the teams and equipment to the very hardest of tests. In addition, it is yet another proof that sports broadcasting is a true innovation driver.”

Thomas Riedel, CEO and Founder, Riedel Communications: “Decades of experience in the most demanding production environments culminated in this very special project with very special challenges. Together with our partner suppliers, all of whom represent the global standard in their fields, our team created a seamless production infrastructure that enabled circle-o to take its live coverage to thrilling new levels. Their stunning coverage opened up entirely new perspectives on sailing and perfectly illustrated the great impact technology can have on entertainment formats and the tangibility of sporting events.”

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