DESIGN: Farr Yacht Design
YEAR OF BUILD: 2013
BUILDERS (in collaboration): Green Marine/UK; Decision/Switzerland; Persico/Italy; Multiplast/France
Thanks to the latest video, satellite and multimedia content production technology employed by the Onboard Reporter on each team, the public will be able to follow the sailors across 40,000 nm of relentless ocean racing.
There are five fixed camera positions and two uplink points, which will combine to give coverage from all angles. The camera and mic point in the companionway hatch will get right in the faces of the sailors. Cameras can be remote controlled and directed, while new microphone locations and systems will enhance voice recording. Key to the project is that the cameras and microphones now have much better protection from wind and water, enabling interviews in the cockpit.
Radical, high-performance, tough and designed around the demands of digital communications, the Volvo Ocean 65s mark the first use of a one-design boat in the 40-year history of the Volvo Ocean Race. Boat of choice since the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the Volvo Ocean 65 one-design is the successor of the Volvo Open 70 making the Volvo Ocean Race a one-design event. The Volvo Ocean 65 is designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States and built by a consortium of boatyards in Europe.