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The Volvo Ocean 65 project will reach a major milestone in the next few days as the first hull and deck leave their sheds at Persico and Multiplast to be assembled in the UK at Green Marine.

Hull number one is being packed up and loaded onto a trailer at Persico in Italy. Later in the week, it will be towed by a Volvo truck from Bergamo to England's south coast. 

“We will be escorting the convoy,” says Volvo Ocean Race’s Rick Deppe, who is overseeing filming of the Volvo Ocean 65 build project.

“It will travel east through Italy and cross to Austria and into Germany. It will then head to the Netherlands. 

"Towards the end of the following week it will catch a ferry from the Hook of Holland to Harwich in the UK. The plan is to arrive at Green Marine on March 13 or 14.”

Meanwhile, over in France, the deck has been completed and painted at Multiplast and will soon be sent on the path to England.

“Deck number one will leave Multiplast in Vannes on the 11th,” adds Rick. “It will obviously be a shorter journey. A Volvo truck will tow it too. 

“The two things will arrive with 24 or 48 hours of each other. Both will be wheeled into the shed and an army of technicians will start crawling all over it!”

Find here the first construction update, the second updatethe thirdthe fourththe fifththe sixth and the seventh

Stay tuned for more updates on www.volvooceanrace.com and find more snapshots of the boat built on our Instagram page : http://instagram.com/volvooceanrace 

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