After announcing that the team of Ian Walker and Jamie Boag would run the Abu Dhabi Ocean Race Team for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the team has officially appointed US-based Farr Yacht Design, to design its Volvo Open 70 for Race. Jason Carrington (UK) has also been hired as the team’s Technical Manager.
His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) said:
“Farr Yacht Design was selected because of its ability to tailor to our specific requirements and for its strong commitment to research and design which has been ongoing since the conclusion of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. We anticipate being able to announce the appointment of the yacht builder early next month after finalising the selection of six tender qualifiers from throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Far East.”
Jason Carrington, a professional offshore sailor Will become the team’s technical manager. Over the last two decades, Jason has built five Volvo Ocean Race yachts and project-managed three campaigns.
Carrington has also competed in more than 30 top-level international regattas, but his first round the world experience was on Fortuna in the 1993-94 Whitbread (formerly the Volvo Ocean Race). After this taste of ocean racing, he continued his sailing career joining Silk Cut for the 1997-98 Whitbread, ASSA ABLOY in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-02 and finally sailed with Ericsson Racing Team in the 2005-06 Volvo Ocean Race.
ADTA and Walker are also currently in the final stages of appointing the team’s other crewmembers, and are committed to including a UAE national on the sailing team and another two on the shore team. An open selection process will begin next month. The building of the yacht will start in late September.