THE VOLVO OPEN 60: AN OCEAN RACE YACHT
The Volvo Open 60 is a powerful racing yacht that was designed specifically for the purpose of around the world ocean racing. Most importantly it has that vital ‘wow factor’ that never ceases to impress. The Volvo 60, now an iconic design, was cutting-edge in terms of structural engineering, design and build techniques. To endure the toughest and most challenging conditions on the planet the boats needed to be strong. To win the race they had to be light and extremely fast. Getting the balance right was critical in the development process. The end result is an exciting boat to sail that is exhilarating but extremely robust and safe. Blasting around the oceans at speeds in excess of 20 knots is something that most of us only dream of. The raw power of these machines is indescribable!
Both of our yachts were designed by Bruce Farr and built for the first edition of the race under the Volvo Ocean Race name. This was also the last race on the VO60 boats. Nothing has changed in the basic setup of our boats. Nothing has been made “easier.” You will get to experience these amazing machines exactly the way the pros sailed them during the Volvo Ocean Race!
Currently named As Saif, Arabic for “The Sword”, she competed in the 2001-2002 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race as Team News Corp. She placed 5th overall in this epic round-the-world race with her distinctive Bart Simpson spinnaker. She is currently branded in Etihad Tower livery and known as “Etihad Towers.” She is easily recognised sailing the Abu Dhabi waters with her black sail wardrobe.
Al Aqrab, Arabic for “The Scorpion”, has quite a race pedigree. She finished second overall in the 2001-2002 Volvo Ocean Race as Assa Abbloy. As part of the race, she won line honours in the Sydney Hobart Race and in 2004 won the Volvo Baltic Race under her new name SonyEricson. She is currently unbranded and presents a unique sponsorship opportunity. She sails with crisp white sails, making her easily recognised sailing in the Gulf.