Volvo get a gift
The gift is real and very serious. To prove it, a gift box is delivered to the Volvo Ocean Race Head Quarters in Whiteley (UK) with a certificate, a key and a card inside saying:
“Merry Christmas to all at Volvo Ocean Race. We wanted to underline the fantastic experience we had with you during the first edition of the Volvo Ocean Race...so we wanted to offer you a special gift.
Our precious gift was too big to wrap but it is located close to you in Southampton at Spitfire Quay...
The female mould that was used to build the Assa Abloy boats is yours to keep and can be used over and over again to build identical hulls. We hope the real value of the gift is shining beyond the free publicity involved and is really perceived as a true will from us to contribute to the future of the race.
Thank you for a good co-operation in 2002 and best wishes for 2003.
ASSA ABLOY Racing Team”
The Assa Abloy boats were possibly the lightest VO60 boats ever built. One of the reasons for this was that they were the only VO60s built out of a female mould. The female mould is made of 8 mm solid carbon fibre by Green Marine in Lymington, UK. It took 5000 man hours to build it and the building cost was US$300,000.
“The mould is a solid construction and can be used to build lots of more boats in a cost efficient way”, comments Geoff Stock, Managing Director at Green Marine Ltd.
Hans Johansson, CEO of Semcon AB, a technical consultancy company and partner company in the Assa Abloy Racing Team says, ”the female mould technique was a clear step forward in VO60 construction. The boats that Green Marine built out of the mould were the best VO60s I have ever seen. The extraordinary close racing that the new generation of the VO60 class provided in the last Volvo Ocean Race was important for Semcons commercial success with their involvement in the project. I will never forget when 5 boats finished in Gothenburg within 7 minutes. It was the closest finish in the history of ocean racing, and ASSA ABLOY was first!”
ASSA ABLOY Racing Team would also like to wish all our supporters that were part of making us the overall most successful project a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.