With 186 days to go until the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 kicks off in Alicante, "Telefonica" has finally come to life. The brand new Spanish Volvo Open 70 left the King Marine shipyard this morning, where it was built over approximately 40,000 hours with a team of over 28 builders and 19 designers in the region of Valencia in Spain.
The Juan Yacht Design studio, based in Valencia and lead by Argentina's Juan Kouyoumdjian, were in charge of the design of the new boat for the Spanish team directed by Pedro Campos.
"Juan K", as the Argentine is known in the sailing world, has a team of the best specialists in boat design of racing yachts of the highest level. He also has the added prestige of being the designer of the two most recent Volvo Ocean Race winners: "ABN AMRO ONE" (2005-06) and "Ericsson 4" (2008-09).
The Spanish team has trusted in the Valencian King Marine shipyard, based in Alginet, yet again. The same shipyard where "Telefonica Blue" was built for the last edition of the race.
"This "Telefonica" and the previous boat are two completely different yachts. This is clearly an evolution of "Telefonica Blue" and others and in the end we have tried to take the best features from all of the boats from the last edition and to go a step further. Having seen the boat I can say that it is exactly what we wanted," pointed out Iker Martínez.
Hull and appendages have been a focus for the Juan Yacht Design studio, with many hours spent on them, both in terms of studying the features and on the final design. The result of this intense study means that "Telefonica" has a very different volume distribution to that of the previous generation of Volvo Open 70s, as well as brand new daggerboards and rudders, built based on exhaustive research into finding the maximum balance of boat handling and stability in every situation.
"Telefonica" is bound for the port of Alicante to begin the assembly of all her different parts. The most immediate plans for the team are some offshore training sessions this summer between Alicante, the Canary Islands and Galicia.