What is the new VO65 really like? It’s wet, it’s hand held and shaky, but still gives abetter view than the naked eye when you’re being battered by green water and spray in 40+ knots of apparent breeze. Here are a few video snippets of my sail aboard the first Volvo 65 as I hooked up with the all women Volvo team in Lanzarote.
Team SCA’s bright pink Volvo 65 is the first of the new generation of VO65s to hit the water. A strict one design for the 2014-15 race, the new boat is designed to combine the best elements of the Volvo 70 with the lessons that have been learned through three generations of the 70 footers.
From the team base in Puerto Calero in Lanzarote we headed out into 30knots to put the new boat through its paces.
On The Rail
Upwind in 25-30 knots meant over 40knots of apparent breeze across the deck at times. What’s difficult to see is the jarring motion of the boat as she piles along at 17knots. The old adage of, ‘one hand for the boat and one for yourself’, needs revising aboard these machines. Having said that, first impressions are of a boat that is indeed more robust than the 70s. She feels more solid and a touch more forgiving when she slams into the next wave. The noise below decks is different too, more of a dull thud than the echoing boom of the 70s that resonated around the empty inner shell. It’s almost as if she’s been clad in sound deadening materials.
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