For the first time in its 40–year history, the Volvo Ocean Race has thrown up a radical new challenge. Participating teams will be pitted against each other in identical boats.
In the past, teams built their own boats to a particular specification. But constructing (and then maintaining) high-tech racing yachts was so prohibitively expensive.
In trying to drive costs down, but also ramp up the competitive spirit, Volvo Ocean Race organisers decided to design a more affordable boat and make identical copies available to all competitors. Their purpose-built one-design Volvo Ocean 65 (VO65) – scheduled to compete in the next two editions of the race – accomplishes just that.
Watch the fascinating build of the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 yacht (there are 15 short episodes in the “Building the Future” series. If you find your mind wandering during one video, simply jump to the next one. You’ll find the playlist on the top left-hand side of the video)…
Read more about how the Volvo Ocean Race’s one-design strategy will level the playing field in PM’s October 2014 issue – on sale on 22 September.