Jamie Boag, Eamon Conneely, Enda O'Coineen, Ian Walker, Richard Duggan. Green Team Volvo Open 70 at McConaghy Boats, Zhuhai, China.

Jamie Boag, Eamon Conneely, Enda O'Coineen, Ian Walker, Richard Duggan. Green Team Volvo Open 70 at McConaghy Boats, Zhuhai, China.

Team Green leaves China

Ian Walker's Reichel-Pugh VO70 bound for Europe

Sunday May 4th 2008, Author: Lucy Harwood, Location: United Kingdom
The Green Team celebrated the completion of their new Volvo Open 70 with a “Thank You China Event” at McConaghy Boats in Zhuhai China. Construction started in October and has been completed on schedule, with the boat due to leave on a ship bound for the UK on 8 May.

The boat has been constructed in a facility located approximately 60 miles north of Hong Kong. The mainly Australian led team at McConaghy’s has been working alongside American designers Reichel Pugh and structural engineers Applied Structural Analysis Ltd (ASTA) from the UK, as well as a 90 strong Chinese build team. A total of 40,000 man hours have gone into the completion of this boat,

This is the first Volvo Ocean Race boat to be built in China; a region that has seen increased interest in the marine industry in recent years, most noticeably with its involvement in the 2007 America’s Cup. McConaghy’s has a strong international reputation, and they are one of the first professional build teams to have a facility in China. “China is a growth market for our industry at the moment,” commented Mark Evans, Director McConaghy Boats China. “The standard of quality on this build has been second to none”.

Green Team CEO Jamie Boag added: “It is fantastic to see the boat completed. The work ethic we experienced when building the TP52 Patches here in 2007 with McConaghy was superb. As we were late in the production of this boat it was crucial that it would be completed on time, something we were confident McConaghy Boats could deliver. China is an amazing place. If you want something manufactured or sourced, it can be done really quickly to a very high standard.”

With the build now complete the team will prepare the boat to be shipped back to Europe, with an anticipated arrival in the UK for the start of June. Once in the UK the boat will be assembled and tested for two weeks before heading to the team’s homeport of Galway in Ireland, which will be the team’s base before leaving for Alicante in September. Galway is one of the eleven stopover ports during the 37,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race which starts in Alicante this coming October. Galway’s positioning allows for excellent training facilities for the team, with the testing conditions of the North Atlantic on their doorstep.

Ian Walker Green Team Skipper commented: “This boat has been seven months in the making and we’ve had a fantastic team working on this project. I would like to thank everybody in the project, but especially those involved in the hard graft here in China. I am confident that we have a great boat and will have a competitive entry into the race. I cannot wait to get her back to Europe and out on the water to start preparing for the adventure ahead of us all.”

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