Volvo Ocean 65

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Mapfre & Abu Dhabi Alicante 2014.jpg
The Volvo Ocean 65 Mapfre and Azzam at the start of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante in October 2014
Designer Farr Yacht Design
Draft 4.78 m (15.7 ft)
LOA 22.14 m (72.6 ft)
LWL 20.00 m (65.62 ft)
Beam 5.60 m (18.4 ft)

The Volvo Ocean 65 is a class of monohull racing yachts. It is the successor to the Volvo Open 70 yacht used in past editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. It was announced at a conference in Lorient, France, during a stopover in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race. The yacht is used in the 2014–2015 and the 2017–2018 editions. The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race was the first one-design event.[1]


The yacht was designed by Farr Yacht Design, to be a cheaper and safer alternative to the ageing and expensive Volvo Open 70. After many safety concerns in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race, many began doubting the safety of the Volvo Open 70, due to many designers opting for faster designs, while failing to meet safety requirements.[2][3] Current Volvo Ocean Race CEO, and four time competitor Knut Frostad hinted at a new boat design to address the current safety concerns in a statement he made during a press conference on April 4, 2012 stating: "It's important that we don't leap to any conclusions about why these breakages have happened. Some of them are clearly not related. However, we will take the current issues into account as we make decisions on rules and technology we will be using in the future." Frostad also went on to say "We have already put in a lot of work, discussing with teams, designers and all other stakeholders about the boats and the rules we will use in the future, and we expect to be in a position to announce a decision on that before the end of the current race."[4]

On June 28, 2012, Knut Frostad revealed the design at a press conference in Lorient during a stopover in the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race. In becoming a one-design event, the new boats are hoped to "significantly reduce the cost of mounting a campaign and bring the size of the fleet to 8-10 boats for future editions."[1] Frostad went on to state an entire campaign for future editions of the race would be around €15 million, and a "ready to sail" boat, including pre-race and race sails would be around €4.5 million in comparison to the €30-40 million region a current campaign can fall into.[5]


It takes 7 months and 36000 man hours to build, assemble, and paint a Volvo Ocean 65. There are 120 boatbuilders who work with 70 suppliers to outfit the boat.[6]


There are 8 Volvo Ocean 65's. They have all been brought to the same standard between the 2014-2015 and the 2017-2018 race. This is estimated to cost 1,000,000 euros.[7]

Volvo Ocean 65's and teams
Yacht MMSI[8] 2014-2015 Team 2017-2018 Team
224530860 Mapfre Mapfre
470437000 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag
235101548 Team SCA
319081500 Team Vestas Wind Turn the Tide on Plastic
319060300 Dongfeng Race Team Dongfeng Race Team
244780246 Team Brunel Team Brunel
367616310 Team Alvimedica Vestas 11th Hour
319119500 N/A (Built New for 2017) team AkzoNobel[9][10][11]

Changes for 2017-2018 race[edit]

The yachts will feature a 500w Watt & Sea hydrogenerator to reduce emissions and wear on the Volvo Penta Marine engine.[12][13][14]

Partners and Equipment[edit]

Suppliers and Equipment
Supplier Equipment
North Sails.[15] Sails
Southern Spars[16] Mast
Future Fibres Rigging Systems [17] ECsix carbon rigging
Future Fibres Rigging Systems [18] TorqueLite 2.0 Furling cables
North Technology Group [19] Forestays in the removable furling sail
Inmarsat [20] data and voice transmission equipment
Gottifredi Maffioli[21] 3000 meters of running rigging
Equiplite[22] Main halyard block, barberhaul blocks, and lead blocks
Mastervolt[23] alternators, regulators, batteries, chargers and power management systems
Diverse Yacht Services[23] system integrator for electrical systems
Cariboni [24] Keel Canting mechanisms and keel bearings
Harken[24] Winch systems
Iron Brothers[24] Keel and bulb
Volvo Penta Marine Engines[25] 75 horsepower Volvo Penta D2-75
KZ Racefurlers[26] furlers
Spinlock [27] Clutches and jammers
Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator


Features[28] Measurements / Notes
Hull length 20.37 m (defined as 66 ft)
Length waterline (design) 20.00 m (defined as 65 ft)
Length overall (incl. bowsprit) 22.14 m (defined as 72 ft)
Hull beam 5.60 m (18.4 ft)
Max draft 4.78 m (15.8 ft)
Boat weight (empty) 12,500 kg (27,557 lb)
Keel arrangement Canting keel to ±40° with 5° of incline at axis
Daggerboards Twin, reversible, retracting asymmetric daggerboards
Rudders Twin under hull with spare that may also be transom hung
Aft Water Ballast Twin 800L ballast tanks under cockpit sides at transom
Forward Water Ballast Single centerline 1000L ballast tank forward of mast
Rig Height 30.30 m (99.4 ft)
Rig Arrangement Deck stepped, twin backstays with deflectors
Bowsprit Length 2.14 m (7 ft)
Mainsail Area 163 m2 (3 reefing points, 6 battens)
Working Headsail (J1) Area 133 m2 (Fixed with hanks on the permanent forestay; horizontal battens)
Upwind Sail Area 296–451 m2 (Mainsail and Jib 1 or Masthead Code 0, plus Jib 2 or Jib 3)
Downwind Sail Area 578+ m2 (Mainsail and A3 gennaker, additional staysails are permitted)

Comparison to Volvo Open 70[edit]

Features[29] Ocean 65 Volvo Open 70
Length 19.80 m (65 ft)/20.37 (66 ft) 21.50 m (70.5 ft)
Beam 5.60 m 5.70 m
Max Draft 4.78 m 4.50 m
Boat Weight 12,500 kg 14,000 kg
Righting moment (RM 25) including stacking and Water Ballast 33,000 kg/m 40,000 kg/m
Cant Angle 40° 40°
Rig Height 30.30 m (99.4 ft) 31.50 m (103.3 ft)
Freeboard at Mast 1.72 m 1.60 m
Mainsail Area 151 m2 175 m2
Working Headsail Area 135 m2 (J1) 200 m2 (G1)
Bowsprit length 2.15 m (7 ft) 1.82 m (6 ft)
Number of sails (Includes storm sails) 7 10
Water Ballast 1x1000L (Centerline, Fwd) 2x800L (Aft Wing Tanks) 1x1600L (Centerline, Aft)


After unveiling the boat design, the reception was mostly positive from sailors who have been involved in the race in the past. Although there has been some criticism from fans, and yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian, whose designs have won the last 3 editions of the Volvo Ocean Race (2005–06, 2008-09 and 2011-12, respectively).[30]


Former competitor and skipper, Grant Dalton stated the new design "attacks the single problem that surrounds our sport at the moment, and that is ridiculous cost."[1]


The most negative feedback to the announcement of a one-design came from yacht designer Juan Kouyoumdjian. Having had tremendous success with all of his previous entries in the race, he has stated his disapproval of the Volvo Ocean Race becoming a one-design event. Juan addressed the main issue of Volvo Open 70's being expensive stating that he could "definitely confirm" the boats he designed fell into the €5 million range, and that despite trying to make the race more accessible to sponsors and more of a testament to a sailors skill, rather than budget, "the richest will always win." Despite his criticism, he also went on to confirm that in the event that the Volvo Ocean Race became a one-design event, he had already been approached to optimize the Volvo 65 design for a "potential future team."[31]

Further information[edit]

Class Rules and Specifications.[32]

Refit Scope for 2017.[33]


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