[Source: Team SCA] The SCA boat, with its strong magenta color and nature-inspired graphic design, left the Green Marine boatyard in the UK earlier this morning, and was transported by barge across Southampton Water to Williams Yard where it was gently craned into the water for the first time.
The Team SCA shore team and a small number of its all-female crew have been helping prepare the boat. During this week, a mixed group of experts will complete technical sea trials including the pull-down test when the boat is turned on its side, before SCA takes ownership of it at the end of the week.
The all-female Team SCA crew is looking forward to start sailing with the boat. Liz Wardley (AUS), Boat Captain, commented: “It is amazing to see it finally finished. The whole crew is looking forward to getting to know the boat next week. As the first team out sailing the new VO65 we are keen to put our hard training to date into practice. We now have 12 months left to master this boat before the Race starts.”
The remaining team from SCA, made up of both confirmed and selected crew, will arrive in the UK at the weekend and will spend the following week trialing the boat in the South of England before sailing her back to the team’s base in Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, in early October.
SCA is a leading global hygiene and forest products company and will be participating in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 with an all-female team.
The Volvo Ocean 65 was designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States and built by a consortium of boatyards in the UK, France, Italy and Switzerland.
The Volvo Ocean 65 by numbers:
7 months – the time needed to build one Volvo Ocean 65 from the first bit of carbon being laid to the first time it hits the water
8 – the number of one-design race sails each team can have onboard
8 – the number of bulkheads inside the Volvo Ocean 65 – compared to a typical number of 4 on the Volvo Open 70, allowing for a stronger and more solid structure
4 – the number of boatyards making up the consortium building the boat:
· Persico (Italy): The hull, the daggerboards some internal structure
· Multiplast (France): Deck and some components
· Decision (Switzerland): Internal structure
· Green Marine (UK): Final assembly and many of the components, including galley, media station, rudders and steering wheels
Hull Length (ISO 8666) 20.37 m (66 ft)
Length waterline (design) 20.00 m (65 ft)
Length overall (inc. bowsprit) 22.14 m (72ft)
Hull Beam overall (ISO 8666) 5.60 m (18.4 ft)
Max Draft (Keel on CL). 4.78 m (15.8 ft)
Boat Weight (empty) 11,639 kg (25,659 lb)
Mast Height 30.30 m (99.4 ft)
Max Sail Area (downwind) 716m2