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Volvo Ocean Race

The first VO65 hits the water

Liz Wardley : "It is amazing to see it finally finished"

lundi 23 septembre 2013Redaction SSS [Source RP]

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SCA’s race boat for the Volvo Ocean Race Volvo Ocean Race #VolvoOceanRace 2014-15 was put in the water late this afternoon. It is the first of the radical new VO65 racing yachts that will be used for the next two editions of the Race.

The SCA boat, with its strong magenta color and nature-inspired graphic design, left the Green Marine Marine Marine nationale boatyard in the UK earlier this morning, and was transported by barge across Southampton Water to Williams Yard where it was gently craned into the water for the first time.

The Team SCA shore team and a small number of its all-female crew have been helping prepare the boat. During this week, a mixed group of experts will complete technical sea trials including the pull-down test when the boat is turned on its side, before SCA takes ownership of it at the end of the week.

The all-female Team SCA crew is looking forward to start sailing with the boat.

Liz Wardley (AUS), Boat Captain, commented : “It is amazing to see it finally finished. The whole crew is looking forward to getting to know the boat next week. As the first team out sailing the new VO65 we are keen to put our hard training to date into practice. We now have 12 months left to master this boat before the Race starts.”

The remaining team from SCA, made up of both confirmed and selected crew, will arrive in the UK at the weekend and will spend the following week trialing the boat in the South of England before sailing her back to the team’s base in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, in early October.

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Technical specifications

- Hull Length (ISO 8666) : 20.37 m (66 ft)
- Length waterline (design) : 20.00 m (65 ft)
- 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) : 11,639 kg (25,659 lb)
- Mast Height : 30.30 m (99.4 ft)
- Max Sail Area (downwind) : 716m2

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