The deck for the only new entry in the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race has completed construction at Multiplast – Groupe Carboman in Vannes, France.
In this video the deck is rolled out of the building facility and is loaded onto a truck, ahead of a 1,200km trip to Persico Marine in Bergamo, Italy. Two teams have announced their entry to the 2017/18 race. The teams have the option of taking either a refitted boat from the 2014/15 race, or building a new one.
Team AkzoNobel led by Simeon Tienpont (NED) was first to announce, followed by Dongfeng Race Team – with a French and Chinese crew.
Team AkzoNobel is now in Lisbon having arrived in Portugal before Christmas. The team had a four-and-a-half day training sail back to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard, after which skipper Simeon Tienpont sent this message by social media:
“Hi all. We’ve arrived safely in Lisbon with crew and boat. There were great, challenging practice conditions with waves you rarely see in the Atlantic, a real surfing paradise and every sailor’s dream. We all realized on board how lucky we are in our job. But also a good test for boat and crew and huge respect for the sea and safety. You realize how vulnerable you are in this situation, and how important it is to have a strong mix of experience on board and always be ready to adapt to what is coming.
“We’ve had a very wet boat, rough seas and great boat speed. Good to be on land and to look back on the last days of making miles and surfing to port.”
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