Keen observers of the UAE will have noticed that the region is ultra-competitive when it comes to developing world class sports and tourism infrastructure. Take Etihad, Abu Dhabi’s Award winning airline, which only began flying in 2003. The emirate has the will and the resources to be a force in any endeavour they choose.
[cleeng_content id=”506649880″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA) which is behind the emirate’s entry for the next Volvo Ocean Race has appointed Persico S.p.A. to build its Volvo 70 racing yacht for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.
Persico of Bergamo, Italy were the winners of a competitive tender exercise involving local and international suppliers from the UAE, Europe and the Far East.
Building of the boat has already started at Persico’s manufacturing facility in Northern Italy. The company is working with Farr Yacht Design who are responsible for the final design of the 70 foot racing yacht.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing expects to take delivery in June 2011.
HE Mubarak Al Muhairi, Director General, ADTA, which lead-manages the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing team said:
‘This is becoming a truly international project. We are intent in tapping on the best minds and resources the yachting industry can offer to press forward our Volvo Ocean Race ambitions.’
With nearly 20 years experience manufacturing competitive sailing boats, Persico have been involved with a number of America’s Cup entrants from Moro di Venezia in 1992 up to Luna Rossa in 2007, which qualified for the event’s semi-finals. The company has also developed RC44 yachts for Russell Coutts.
Al Muhairi continues:
‘We believe Persico has the right credentials in terms of manufacturing experience, product innovation and its ability to deliver a highly competitive integrated build solution, so as to be a key enabler of our Volvo Ocean Race ambitions.’
Operations Manager, Mark Somerville, who has been involved with the manufacture of five Volvo Ocean Race yachts and 10 America’s Cup entries will oversee the build which will take approximately 45,000 man hours.
Ian Walker, Team Skipper said:
‘Over the next eight months, under ADTA’s supervision, the team will be involved in every step of the manufacturing process as we continually refine and enhance our Volvo Open 70. Getting it right can mean the difference between first and last.’
Abu Dhabi will also host a stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The emirate will be the first Middle East stopover in the ocean race’s 37-year history.
Al Muhari said about the 2012 Volvo Ocean Race stopover
‘We are determined to make our port stopover the best in race history and the race highlight as befits our three-pronged involvement. We are making Volvo Ocean Race history on three levels – we are the event’s first destination partner, the only Middle East organisation to enter the race, and the first Middle East host port.’
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