The Volvo Ocean 65 is a high-performance one-design racing yacht designed by Farr Yacht design and built exclusively for teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race. A fleet of seven Volvo Ocean 65s was built for the 2015-16 edition of the race – the first time the race had taken place in identical boats.
While team AkzoNobel has the only new boat in the fleet, the seven other boats from the last race have undergone a meticulous overhaul process at the Volvo Ocean Race’s Boatyard facility in Lisbon to ensure the integrity of the one-design rule is maintained.
For lightness and strength Volvo Ocean 65s are built primarily from carbon fibre using advanced carbon moulding techniques. The original fleet of boats was built by a consortium of four European specialist boatyards. For the eighth boat, to be raced by team AkzoNobel in the 2017-18 race, the deck structure produced by Multiplast was married up with the hull produced by Persico Marine.
Built to withstand whatever the world’s oceans can throw at them Volvo Ocean 65s feature eight internal bulkheads that keep the boat stiff even in the most extreme conditions and allow the crews to push the boats to the maximum while racing.
Volvo Ocean 65s feature a powerful canting keel to generate more righting moment and dramatically increase boat speed.
As well as a pair of fixed rudders, to decrease leeway the boats are fitted with a pair of daggerboards located slightly forward of the mast.
For the 2017-18 edition, the keel fin has been lightened and increased in length from 4.5 meters to 4.7 meters. This produces more leverage and righting moment which translates into more speed.
Volvo Ocean 65 key specifications
|Hull length||20.37 meters (66 feet)|
|Waterline length||20.00 meters (65 feet)|
|Overall length (including bowsprit)||22.14 meters (72 feet)|
|Hull beam (width) overall||5.60 meters (18.4 feet)|
|Max draft (depth) with keel on centreline||4.78 meters (15.8 feet)|
|Boat weight (empty)||12,500 kilograms (27,557 pounds)|
|Keel arrangement||Canting keel to +/- 40 degrees with 5 degrees of incline axis|
|Daggerboards||Twin forward daggerboards, inboard triangulation|
|Rudders||Twin fixed rudders - composite stocks|
|Aft water ballast (wing tanks)||Twin 800L ballast tanks under cockpit sides at transom|
|Forward water ballast on centreline||Single centreline 1100L ballast tank forward of mast|
Mast & Rigging
|Mast height||30.30 meters (99.4 feet)|
|Rigging arrangement||Twin topmast backstays and check stays with deflectors|
|Bowsprit length||2.14 meters (7 feet)|
|Mainsail||163 square meters|
|Working Jib||133 square meters|
|Upwind Sail Area||468 square meters (mainsail and masthead Code 0) 296 square meters (mainsail and working jib)|
|Downwind Sail Area||578 square meters (mainsail and A3)|