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  • The Boat

    For the first time in its history, the Volvo Ocean Race will be a one-design race, with all teams using the exact same boats. The boats are of the model Volvo One-Design, also referred to as Volvo Ocean 65. Therefore the crew will make the difference the coming up race.

    Radical, high-performance, tough, affordable, world-class. The new one-design Volvo Ocean 65, that will contest the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, is a spectacular feat of design and construction. The shift to a one-design solution is a radical departure for the race, and one that will put more emphasis than ever before on the racing out on the water. "It's definitely going to be the tightest race in history – it has to be!"

    The new one-design high-performance yachts are designed and equipped with the latest communication and safety technology. The Volvo Ocean 65 has been engineered to integrate the most sophisticated communication equipment on the market and will help organisers track and analyse the fleet's position and sailing conditions throughout the offshore legs from Race Control in the Alicante Headquarters.

    Thanks to the latest video, satellite and multimedia content production technology employed by the Onboard Reporter on each team, the public will be able to follow the sailors across 40,000 nm of relentless ocean racing.

    on board

    Tour V65

    on board

    Gerd-Jan Poortman, trimmer of Team Brunel in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, gives a tour on board of the V65.

    Starting at the back of the boat, by the yellow steering wheel. During the tour you will see the grinders, 'the piano', 'the kitchen', the toilet-room, the navigator-station, the media-desk and the bank-beds.

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    innovative features

    The new Volvo Ocean 65 incorporates a series of innovations that combine to make a boat that is not only fast through the water but also cool looking and capable of withstanding the toughest conditions on the planet. Here we look at a selection of the new features. 

    1. Keel

    The maximum draft has been increased from 4.5m to 4.7m. This allows an increase in the righting moment while decreasing the keel weight, giving the boat a noticeable performance improvement.

     

    2. KEEL pin

    The new boat has an inclined keel pin axis that will be positive for performance: creating a large vertical force on the keel fin, creating lift and reducing the displacement and the amount of drag.

     

    3. structure

    There are eight bulkheads inside the Volvo Ocean 65 – compared to a typical number of four on a Volvo Open 70. The increase means a stronger and more solid structure.

     

    4. REverse bow

    The reverse bow is mainly a cosmetic feature, in the most photographed area of the boat, but it will also help keep water off the bow.

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    5. water ballast 

    In the Volvo Open 70 there was only one water ballast in the stern. The Volvo Ocean 65 has two aft water ballasts and one forward water ballast.

     

    6. on board media packaging

    There are five fixed camera positions and two uplink points, which will combine to give coverage from all angles. The camera and mic point in the companionway hatch will get right in the faces of the sailors. Cameras can be remote controlled and directed, while new microphone locations and systems will enhance voice recording. Key to the project is that the cameras and microphones now have much better protection from wind and water, enabling interviews in the cockpit.

    Full Route Volvo Ocean Race

    The world's toughest sailing race

    Full Route Volvo Ocean Race

    The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 route will take in 11 cities in 11 countries and will require the teams to cover almost 40,000 nautical miles over nine months of racing.

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