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Volvo Ocean Race Yacht Drawings
(continued from previous page)
try
Groupama
skippered by Franck Cammas and the Span-
ish entry
Telefónica
skippered by Iker Martinez. Farr Yacht
Design carried out the plans for
Abu Dhabi
and was also rep-
resented by the Chinese entry
Sanya
(formerly
Telefónica
Blue
) skippered by Mike Sanderson, who won the 2006 edi-
tion of the Volvo Ocean Race. Finally, Marcelino Botin, re-
nowned for his TP52s, drew the lines of
Camper
for Emir-
ates Team New Zealand.
Surprisingly for this "box rule," the three designers have pro-
duced very different yachts. Marcelino Botin created a su-
perb development of a TP52: narrow, extremely sleek lines
with a very forward centre of gravity, beam kept back to
three quarters of the boat's length and low-rise transom,
huge centerboards aft of the mast, which is itself centered
in the middle of yacht.
Farr's design breaks away from all trends. Assuming that
these yachts should plane at the slightest of breezes, but
would stop brutally in short waves, their hulls should be de-
veloped to plane as early as possible, and heel when beating
without too much chasing forward, in order to raise stiffness,
resulting in
Abu Dhabi
's huge round and full bow, with a
sharp cutwater and vertical topsides. Here maximum beam
is reached amidships and carries all the way aft, waterline is
wide and centered, lines are sleek and smooth, with fine
and elaborate centerboards, almost vertical and nearly in
line with the axis. The forward deck is very cambered and
the coach roof extends into it in a completely flush fashion.
Juan K has developed his previous lines and optimized on
numerous advantages established in the previous edition,
which was won by the Swedish entry
Ericsson 4
. The elabo-
rate lines are obvious in the forward sections where the
chine bilge extends all the way to the bow, with flat bottoms
immediately after the cutwater in order to guarantee plan-
ing and to separate from the axis of the yacht when heeling
to increase stiffness. The bottom aft is shaped to lengthen
the stern wave and the wake that defines critical speed. All
these characteristics demonstrate stronger ability for speed
than other competitors, and the three yachts designed by
Juan K currently head the fleet in rankings.
Volvo 70 2005 - 2006 –
ABN Amro One
– Juan Kouyoumdjian
©François Chevalier 2012