The Volvo Ocean Race has taken on the challenge of changing its class of racing boats to a one-design class for the next two race cycles. Previously 70 feet, the now one-design boat will be 65 feet and is already being built in Italy and France. “The overwhelming impression will be of a top level Grand Prix racing boat,” says Patrick Shaughnessy, president of Farr Yacht Design, which is in charge of the new design.
The new boat will be safer, according to the VOR, and an all-women’s team has already been announced for 2014-15.
Through the following videos, you can see the progress that’s been made on the new boat and the plans for what’s to come. In the first episode, Persico in Italy, is one of the stops, where the mold is being made.
In this video, we visit Green Marine in England, one of four boatyards where the yacht is being built.
In VOR’s last video, we start in Annapolis, to learn how the process is all coordinated and then head back to Italy and France to seewhere the builders are at.
Photo courtesy of Volvo Ocean Race