Volvo Open 70

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Competitors of the 2005–2006 Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Open 70 (sometimes referred to as a Volvo Ocean 70) is the current class of racing yachts designed for the Volvo Ocean Race. It was first used in the 2005-2006 race (replacing the Volvo Ocean 60 yachts which were first used in 1993) and use a Canting keel which is capable of canting transversely up to an angle of 40 degrees. According to the VO70 rule, the yachts can be made from glass fibres, aramid fibres, or carbon fibres (which were not allowed for the VO60’s).

Version 2 of the VO70 rule which “has been further developed to apply the lessons learned on the last event and ensure the continuing evolution of this outstanding class” was released in September 2006.[1]


Attribute Metric Imperial
Length Overall 21.5 m 70.5 ft
Beam 5.7 m 18.7 ft
Draft 4.5 m 14.7 ft
Mast 31.5 m 103.3 ft
Displacement 14,000 kg 30,870 lb
Ballast 7,400 kg 16,320 lb
Mainsail 175 m² 1,883 sq'
Storm Jib 35 m² 376 sq'
Jib 94 m² 1,011 sq'
Spinnaker (Masthead) 500 m² 5,381 sq'
Spinnaker (Fractional Rig) 350 m² 3,767 sq'
Storm Trysail 41 m² 441 sq'

Current Record

In October 2008 the yacht Ericsson 4 officially travelled 596.6 nautical miles in 24 hours.

Skipper Torben Grael and his crew made the record on the first leg of the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race. They sailed Ericsson 4 hard as a strong cold front hit the fleet, bringing winds approaching 40 knots, and propelling the yacht at an average speed of 24.8 knots.[2]

Past Records

In April 2005, the VO70 ‘movistar’ broke the 24 hour world monohull speed record when she sailed 530 nautical miles.[3]. In 2006 "ABN AMRO TWO" broke that record when she sailed 562.96 nautical miles.[4]



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