Here in aBoatTime we have been following the Volvo Ocean Race closely, as it is one of the most important nautical events of the year. News about the Volvo Ocean Race, have been all over the Internet ever since it started in Alicante this last October 4th.  We have seen the updates on each leg of the race and the official website of the competition has been very helpful providing all the information and updates about the race. Many sailing enthusiasts have been following the race closely and cheering for their favorite team. Although each team has richly decorated their boat with their team colors and the logos of their sponsors, what some people might not know is that all the boats being used in the competition are made out of the same design and materials, which match the regulations of the race official body.

Volvo Ocean 65 Class

On this 2014-2015 race, the boat being used by all competing teams is the Volvo Ocean 65 Class.

Volvo Ocean race boat

http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/presszone/en/3_The-Volvo-Ocean-65.html

This new boat has been designed, engineered and constructed in order for it to become a high performance competitive racing machine. Its keel is equipped with a hydraulic system that allows it to move right or left up to 40 degrees from the vertical. This allows the boat to retain its speed and stability taking maximum advantage of the wind while preventing capsizing on the rough seas.

keel

Image by Semcon/Cradduck  Volvo Ocean Race©

All of the materials that have been used for its construction are extremely light weight and durable. Carbon fiber has been used throughout most of the boat, so much so that even the “en-suit” bathroom facilities are made of it too.

toilet volvo ocean race

Volvo Ocean Race©

The interior of the boats is very barebones as weight minimization was one of the biggest concerns while designing these vessels, meaning that the crew’s comfort was not a priority.

volvo boat interior

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Although the crews have to struggle through the race, being deprived of most creature comforts, we are sure that the excitement that they feel throughout the race makes up for these difficulties. It sure is a privilege to watch the teams finish each leg of the race and see the triumphant look of the winners.

The race is scheduled to come to an end on June 27th, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden. We are sure that being present for the finish line crossing would be very exciting, specially if you manage to watch it from the deck of a yacht. If you are interested, take a look at the yachts that we have available in Gothenburg and see if you can make it to the Volvo Ocean Race finish line!

Technical Specifications

The main technical specifications for these boats provided by the Volvo Ocean Race are as follows:

Length overall (inc. bowsprit) 22.14 m (72ft)
Hull Beam overall (ISO 8666) 5.60 m (18.4 ft)
Max Draft (Keel on CL) 4.78 m (15.8 ft)
Boat Weight (empty) 12,500 kg (27,557 lb)
Keel arrangement Canting keel to +/- 40 degrees with 5 degrees of incline axis
Daggerboards Twin forward daggerboards, inboard triangulation
Rudders Twin fixed rudders – composite stocks
Aft Water Ballast (Wing Tanks) Twin 800L ballast tanks under cockpit sides at transom
Forward Water Ballast (CL) Single centerline 1100L ballast tank forward of mast
Rig Height 30.30 m (99.4 ft)
Rig Arrangement Twin topmast backstays and checkstays with deflectors
Bowsprit Length 2.14 m (7ft)
Mainsail Area 163 m2
Working Jib Area 133 m2
Upwind Sail Area 468 m2 (mainsail and masthead Code 0)
296 m2 (mainsail and working jib)
Downwind Sail Area 578 m2 (mainsail and A3)

http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/boat/11_Main-technical-specifications.html