Volvo Ocean 65

The design and build consortium

The Volvo Ocean 65 one-design boat, which made its debut in the 2014-15 edition, was the brainchild of Farr Yacht Design in the United States, with a consortium of four boatyards taking care of the build process - Green Marine in the United Kingdom, Decision in Switzerland, Multiplast in France and Persico in Italy. The boat will also be used for the 2017-18 race, and Persico has won the contract to construct any new additions to the fleet for the next edition.

GREEN MARINE is an established performance boat builder in Lymington, UK, and has been building many of the world's best known racing and cruising yachts for 28 years, including Volvo Ocean Race contenders, America's Cup challengers and cutting-edge cruising superyachts. GREEN MARINE, part of the Vitters Shipyard group, has earned a worldwide reputation as a leading specialist in advanced carbon fibre moulding techniques.

The people at DECISION are specialists in the use of composite materials in construction. Since 1984, DECISION has been active in the boatbuilding industry and from 2000 to 2009, the company built the boats used by Team Alinghi, including America's Cup winners in 2003 and 2007. The Switzerland-based DECISION has wide experience in other areas of construction, the space industry, aviation and telecommunications.

MULTIPLAST are pioneers in composite boatbuilding with an outstanding 30-year track record in the world of offshore racing (Route du Rhum, Jules Verne Trophy, Atlantic record). The combination, within the same company, of an office of naval architecture and manufacturing workshops for composite parts is unique and provides a comprehensive professional approach. For the last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, MULTIPLAST built the winning Volvo Open 70 Groupama 4.


PERSICO is one of the world's most experienced and versatile mould-engineering specialist companies with automotive, rotomoulding, engineering, marine and aerospace/aeronautics divisions located in an area of 60,000 square meters in Bergamo, Italy. PERSICO has been involved in projects including Moro di Venezia 1992 (bulb and keel), RC44 in 2004 (hull-deck-helm mould), Luna Rossa 2007 and Luna Rossa 2012, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 2011 and Artemis Racing's wings (plugs & moulds) 2011-12.

FARR YACHT DESIGN has a long-running record of achievement dating back more than 25 years, including 40 World Championships won in Farr designs and a multitude of design successes at internationally prestigious grand prix yachting events such as the Volvo Ocean Race, America’s Cup, Vendée Globe, Sydney-Hobart, Barcelona World Race, Transat Jacques Vabre, Copa del Rey and many others. Founded by Bruce Farr and Russell Bowler in 1981 as Bruce Farr & Associates, the present-day FARR YACHT DESIGN has grown to a design team comprised of 18 members providing an enormous range of talent and skills.