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The Volvo Ocean Race today published the first version of the Class Rules for the one-design Volvo Ocean 65 that will contest the next two editions of the race.

The new boat, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States, is being built by a consortium of four boatyards – Green Marine in the UK, Persico in Italy, Decision in Switzerland and Multiplast in France.

Work is already well underway, with the first boat due to be launched in June 2013.

"As not all the components have been designed or specifications finalised yet the class rule is not a final version but v1 of the class rules is pretty comprehensive," said Race Director Jack Lloyd.

"We promised at the launch in June that the class rule would be published on November 1, 2012 and we have produced the 'foundation' of the class rule. That's important because the more information we give now the better. As actual and prospective teams put together their support staff they need to know what they can and cannot do to their boats.

"The class rule we have produced is a Closed Class Rule, which means that, if it does not specifically say that you may – then you shall not."

As the designs and specifications are finalised the class rule will be 'amended' or updated, with the final version being posted when Boat 1 is delivered in June 2013. Boat owners can ask questions about the class rules which will be answered and posted on the Volvo Ocean Race official noticeboard. They can ask for interpretations after May 1, 2013.

The VO65 Class Rule v1 is posted HERE.

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante in the second half of 2014, with the full route due to be announced in January. For the first time, the race will be contested by identical 'one-design' boats. Men's teams will be made up of eight sailing members plus a Media Crew Member, with all-women's teams allowed two extra crew members.

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ENGLAND, Hythe. 8th October 2012. Experts work with Green Marine on the new one-design Volvo 65.