New Volvo Ocean Race trophy unveiled
The new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante this evening, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event marks the first night of the 2011-2 Volvo Ocean Race Conference. Vice President of the Generalitat Valenciana, Gerardo Camps and the Mayoress of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos joined Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race to unveil the new trophy.
The trophy, which stands 70cm high and weighs 9kg, comprises of 11 wave-shaped rings, each one representing an edition of the fully crewed round the world race. A new ring will be added after every future edition. Through the masts supporting the rings, there is a glimpse of the blue ocean hidden inside.
Made of aluminum and silver plate, this trophy represents a modern yet legendary race, which has a heritage of 37 years. Leading edge design, satellite communication, technology and innovation have always played an important role in the development of the event and the new trophy reflects this.
Engraved on each ring, is the year of the race and the route, together with the name of the winning boat and her skipper. The 11th ring will be engraved at the end of the event when it finishes in Galway in the summer of 2012.
“We think that the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy encapsulates all the facets of the Race,” said Knut Frostad. “It is a distinctive trophy and with its modern feel, it shows how forward thinking the race is. Yet the rings representing the past editions, depict our pride in our legacy and heritage.”