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Volvo Ocean Race: Boat Six Underway



Southampton, England, November 2, 2004 – Hot on the heels of the Brasil 1 announcement four weeks ago, it has now been confirmed that the design and build of another boat is underway at Green Marine in Lymington, UK. This takes the total number of boats entered in the Volvo Ocean Race up to six with at least four other teams close to completion as the race nears the year to go mark.


The team will be headed by Richard Brisius and Johan Salen.  Their Swedish-based company Atlant achieved three podium finishes in the last three Whitbread/Volvo races.  Joining them will be fellow Swede, Magnus Olsson, who brings the experience of five round the world races with him.


The lines of the new Volvo Open 70 will be an exclusive drawing from Farr Yacht Design. Construction will begin immediately, overseen by Britain’s Jason Carrington who carried out a similar role with the Assa Abloy team for the last race.


Angus Buchanan, Head of Sponsorship at the Volvo Ocean Race, comments: “This latest announcement provides a glimpse of the momentum building behind the event as we head towards the year to go mark. We have always been confident that we would have at least eight boats on the start line and now we have a good chance of exceeding this number.


“We understand that the sponsor of Boat 6 will take a bit more time to officially unveil as they will be tying their announcement in to a major marketing campaign to be launched during the spring of 2005.


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  • Notes to editors
  • The Volvo Ocean Race will start with an in port race in Sanxenxo, Galicia, on November 5, 2005.
  • The start of leg one, the first offshore leg, will be from Vigo, Galicia, on November 12, 2005.
  • The Volvo Ocean race is a round the world yacht race featuring nine offshore racing legs.  Included in the 2005-2006 event will be an inshore race at each of the main stopover ports including the start port in Galicia.
  • Four teams from the last race measured the media value of their exposure. The results showed an average of US$50 million, which equates to a 200-300% return on their sponsorship investment.
  • Volvo Ocean Race achieved a cumulative audience of over 800 million viewers ranking it among the top international sporting events.
  • Research on awareness of the competing teams was also conducted which again showed an increase by up to 30% for some sponsors.
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