29 June 2012 - GREEN MARINE CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE 4 WORLD LEADERS IN YACHT RACE CONSTRUCTION TO FORM A CONSORTIUM TO PRODUCE THE MONOHULLS FOR THE NEXT VOLVO OCEAN RACES

Now it is official: the Organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race have introduced the New Volvo 65 Class for the world’s toughest ocean race. The new high tech yachts will be 65 foot (20m) long monohulls designed by Farr Yacht Design.

8 boats in less than 2 years

To guarantee the production of 8 boats in less than 2 years, Decision (Switzerland), Green Marine (UK), Multiplast (France) and Persico (Italy) have formed an organisation that was inspired by production programmes in the aeronautical industry. Each yard will provide pre equipped sub assemblies in order to reduce the construction time while at the same time guaranteeing extremely tight tolerances for dimensions and weight between the boats.

Decision boatyard in Switzerland will produce the bulkheads and internal structural elements. At the same time, Persico will mould the hulls and lay the longitudinal stiffeners in Italy. The decks will be constructed and fitted out at Multiplast in France before sending to Green Marine, the UK leader of the consortium, in charge of assembly, who will also finish and launch the boats. Green Marine will be the sole contactor for supplying the boats to the racing teams.

The consortium is committed to deliver one boat every seven weeks from June 2013; the eighth boat being delivered in May 2014, four months before the beginning of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/2015.

A logical choice...

With more than 100 years combined experience in the construction of grand prix racing yachts, these four boat yards have the aim of producing the best series of ocean-going monohulls ever. The designs will deliver close racing on very strong and competitive boats.

Each organisation brings a wealth of experience to the project to meet this challenge:

Decision S.A

• Around 60 composite boats since 1984

• Builder of the Maxis Whitbread UBS Switzerland, Merit, Merit Cup and La Poste

• Builder for the team Alinghi from 2000 to 2009

• Builder of the solar planes Solar Impulse

• 3 series productions (Grand Mistral, Decision 35 & MOD 70)

• 45 employees in Ecublens near Lausanne in Switzerland

Green Marine

• Around 160 composite boats since 1982

• Builder of Pirates, Kosatka, Ericsson 1, Assa Abloy, Intrum Justicia, Ran II...

• 120 employees in Hythe, near Southampton (GB)

• 6,000 m2 production capacity

Multiplast

• More than 30 years experience in the design and production of boats and large composite parts (since 1981)

• Builder of Groupama 4, Groupama 3, Club Med, Orange 1 & 2, Geronimo, Brit Air, Generali,...

• Series production of competition multihulls (MOD70 project, 7 boats)

• 60 employees in a 5,000 m² air-conditioned hangar in Vannes, France

Persico

• Renowned leader in the production of large scale milled tools since 1976 (aeronautical, aerospace, automobile, marine, rotational moulding)

• Builder of Moro di Venezia 1992 (keel and bulb), Luna Rossa 2007 & 2012 (keel), Abu Dhabi, Artemis Wing (moulds)

• 5,000 m2 of air conditioned hangars with 3 large CNC milling machines (25m, 17m & 8m) and 20 other milling machines

• 50 employees in the group's Marine division in Bergamo, near Milan (Italy)

 

New Volvo 65 Class

Length Overall: 20m

Beam: 5.6m

Displacement: 10.75 tonnes

Draft: 4.7m

Air Draft: 30.4m