Puma Ocean Racing will sail the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in a new boat. The team has announced that the new Volvo Open 70 will be built by New England Boatworks Inc. The build is ‘local’ to the team’s headquarters.
[cleeng_content id=”447749344″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]The design for the new generation round the world race yacht will be provided by Valencia-based naval architects, Juan Yacht Design. Juan Kouyoumdjian’s designs have a perfect record in the Volvo Ocean Race since the inception of the Volvo Open 70 Rule, having designed the 2006 winner ABN AMRO and the 2009 winner Ericsson 4.
Team Skipper, Ken Read, is keen to utilise all the hard-earned experience gained during the last race to give the team a great starting point. He said:
“We feel that Puma Ocean Racing has an advantage by keeping the construction of all the major components for this project close to our home base in Newport. Fortunately, NEB provides our team the perfect facility and team to build what we hope is the finest boat ever constructed for this type of race.”
New England Boats has proven offshore boat building experience, with projects that include the Whitbread 60 Toshiba for the 1997 Whitbread Round-the-World Race. NEB partners Tom Rich, Steven Casella and David MacBain said via a statement:
“These boats are designed to withstand the harshest conditions, and we’re proud to have this opportunity to showcase NEB on a global level.”
The new Puma Volvo 70 will launch in the spring of 2011. Sea trials will be run out of the team’s training base at the Newport Shipyard.
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