Just a few days after being revealed to the world for the first time, team AkzoNobel's eye-catching Volvo Ocean 65 is already in the water – and has passed an all-important pull-down test.
The test is designed to subject the hull of the newly-built One Design boat to stresses beyond those it will experience in the race. The test was carried out in Lisbon with many members of the Dutch-flagged crew onboard.
With the start of the 2017-18 edition just 134 days away, skipper Simeon Tienpont and his crew will be delighted to know that their boat is fit to race in the toughest conditions on Earth
Bring on the Southern Ocean!