The Boat

Length (m)

Beam (m)

Displacement (kg)

Downwind sail area (m2)



Country: Spain

Club: Real Club Náutico de Sanxenxo

CEO: Pedro Campos


Main technical specifications

Sail Number: ESP – 1

Designer/build [by Volvo Ocean Race]

Designer: Bruce Farr, Farr Yacht Design


  • Persico (Italy)
  • Multiplast (France)
  • Decision (Switzerland)
  • Green Marine (UK)

Length waterline (design):
20 m (65 ft)
Length overall (inc. bowsprit): 22.14 m (72 ft)
Hull Beam overall: 5,60 m (18.4 ft)
Rig Height: 30,3 m (99.4 ft)
Bowsprit Length: 2.14 (7ft)

Mainsail area: 163 m2
Working Jib Area: 133 m2
Upwind Sail Area: 468 m2 (mainsail + masthead Code 0) 296 m2 (mainsail + working jib)
Downwind Sail Area: 578 m2 (main sail + A3)

Displacement: 12,500  kg
Keel arrangement: cnting keel to +/- 40 degrees with 5 degrees of incline axis

Daggerboards: 2
Rudders: Twin fixed rudders – composite stocks

North Sails, 12 (8 on board)
On board cameras: 5
Crew: 8 sailing + 1 OBR

Innovative features

1. Keel
The maximum draft has been increased from 4.5m to 4.7m. This allows an increase in the righting moment while decreasing the keel weight, giving the boat a noticeable performance improvement.

2. Keel Pin
The new boat has an inclined keel pin axis that will be positive for performance: creating a large vertical force on the keel fin, creating lift and reducing the displacement and the amount of drag.

3. Structure
There are eight bulkheads inside the Volvo Ocean 65 – compared to a typical number of four on a Volvo Open 70. The increase means a stronger and more solid structure.

4. Reverse bow
The reverse bow is mainly a cosmetic feature, in the most photographed area of the boat, but it will also help keep water off the bow.

5. Water ballasts
In the Volvo Open 70 there was only one water ballast in the stern. The Volvo Ocean 65 has two aft water ballasts and one forward water ballast.

6. Onboard media packaging
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.