Groupama to enter next two VOR

4 11 2009

036-Side+Deck Model (1)The Groupama Insurance Group has confirmed that it will enter the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race with its long term French skipper, Franck Cammas, a commitment that will last until 2015. The announcement was made as Cammas was in France, preparing to set off on the Jules Verne Trophy aboard the 32-metre maxi trimaran. The chosen designer for Groupama’s new boat is Argentinean Juan Kouyoumdjian, the designer of the winning boats in the last two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“It’s now been over 12 years that Groupama and Franck Cammas have worked together as a team.  Today, we have decided to continue this commitment by participating in the Volvo Ocean Race to inspire a more international dynamic in our common project,” said Frédérique Granado, director of external communications at Groupama. Groupama is developing strong links overseas, where we carry out nearly 30 per cent of our business, and the Volvo Ocean Race is clearly the most suitable sports event to reflect our group’s new expansion,” Granado explained. Read the rest of this entry »


Knut Frostad om de nya VOR-reglerna

11 10 2009


Nya regler för Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12

10 10 2009

Technical cost containment, improved safety and reliability, closer competition and maintaining the Volvo Open 70’s status as the most spectacular offshore monohull are at the heart of the 2011-12 Volvo Open 70 Rule and Notice Of Race, released today.
In summary, the key points are:

– Each boat must complete a 600 nautical mile qualification race prior to the race start as well as the 2,000 nautical mile qualification run.
– Second generation boats with configurations from the previous race will be permitted to race with minimal modification.
– All boats sailed after the 15/03/2011 must be raced.
– One new boat is permitted to be built per team. A team is permitted to campaign one second generation and one third generation boat. Read the rest of this entry »