Official Supporter of TEAM ABN AMRO in the Volvo Ocean Race


Thu, 11 Sep 2008 10:00:00 UTC

The Dutch syndicate Team Delta Lloyd has been confirmed as the eighth entry in the 2008-09 race.

The team will campaign ABN AMRO ONE, the winning boat from the 2005-06 race. The Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed first generation Volvo Open 70 has been re-fitted to comply with the new race rule.

On leg eight of the Volvo Ocean Race, between Galway and Goteborg-Marstrand, the race course will include a rounding mark outside Rotterdam which will be bring the fleet into Dutch waters, giving the spectators from the Netherlands an opportunity to see something of the fleet as it passes by.

Sailing under a Dutch flag and with the sail number NED 1, the international crew will be skippered by Ireland’s Ger O’Rourke, and the team will comprise a blend of Dutch sailors and O’Rourke’s Chieftain Racing Team, which won the Fastnet Race.

“I am very excited that we have an eighth entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, and I am particularly pleased that the latest entry is Dutch. The Netherlands has played a big part in this event since the first race in 1973 and we are very pleased that we continue to attract entries from this country,” said Volvo Ocean Race Chief Executive, Knut Frostad.

Frostad also added that he has long been a fan of boats being capable of doing more than one race. “The spirit of this campaign is one that I admire. The team has a good boat, the winning boat from the 2005-06 race, and I am looking forward to watching their performance throughout the duration of the event,” he said.

The boat is currently completing its 2,000 mile race qualifier and will be in Alicante to join the rest of the fleet at the weekend.

The full crew will be announced once the boat has arrived in Alicante and the team has gone through its full survival training course.

Following the successful campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006, ABN AMRO Bank decided to continue using the two boats for the coming 18 months in sailing races and client receptions worldwide. Mike Sanderson and various crew members from ABN AMRO ONE and TWO will also keep sailing for the TEAM.

Stanford Antigua Sailing Week 2007 | 29 April - 4 May 2007

Falmouth Harbour, Antigua (May 4) – It ended as it began, with perfect sailing conditions, flawless race committee work, and excellent competition in sixteen dedicated classes of racing and cruising boats of every size, color and description. With easterly breezes of 12- to 16-knots on the water and clear skies overhead, the 40th running of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week concluded today with one race apiece for the six divisions in the Division A racing fleet and the 10 classes competing in the Division B fleet of cruising yachts and chartered bareboats.

The Division A fleet sailed a challenging 28.7 nautical mile Ocean Race that started off Curtain Bluff and featured a pair of long windward legs – the first of which was a wavy, shifty, 11-mile beat – and two downwind runs, the second of which ended at the finish line off Falmouth Harbour. After an overnight layover at Jolly Harbour, the Division B competitors sailed the 22.1 nautical mile point-to-point Jolly to Falmouth Race down the island’s southern coastline.

Coming into today’s action, the leader boards were stacked with boats that had sailed an outstanding series of races and only needed to avoid a last-day meltdown to lock up their respective divisions. And there were few surprises today as the majority of boats that had risen to the top in the weeklong regatta took care of business and put the final touches on what was a memorable, exciting birthday edition of Stanford Antigua Sailing Week.

Next up on the docket for New Zealand ace Mike “Moose” Sanderson is the mighty task of leading a fledgling British squad in their pursuit of the America’s Cup. But first, Sanderson and his all-star crew on ABN AMRO ONE finished what has been a string of dominating performances in the Caribbean this spring by winning the final contest in the Racing I class and, in so doing, capturing the division in the nine-boat fleet. Along with Stanford Antigua Sailing Week, ABN AMRO ONE was also the victor in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the B.V.I. Spring Regatta. By virtue of this impressive string of victories, ABN AMRO ONE is the undisputed champion of the racing class in the 2007 Caribbean Big Boat Series.


April 4th, 2007.
Falmouth Harbour, Antigua – With a new sponsor onboard and with a fresh injection of energy and spirit into what was already one of yacht racing’s most anticipated annual events, the countdown to the 40th running of Antigua’s classic week of sailing and partying has begun. Preparations for the Stanford Antigua Sailing Week festivities, scheduled for April 29-May 4, are already in full swing.

At the top of the list of changes for the venerable regatta is a new title sponsor: Stanford International Bank Ltd. “They’re a tremendous asset and they’ve been very dynamic,” said Neil Forrester, the General Manager of the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, the long-time organizer of the week. “Everyone at Stanford is looking forward to the racing as much as the sailors are.”

That’s saying something, as the blue waters off Antigua have now been attracting an international gathering of seasoned sailors for decades. It all began 40 years ago, when island yachtsmen, merchants and hoteliers came up with the idea of a weeklong sailing festival that would extend the season for sailors and tourists alike. The first regatta was won by Dr. Cesar Berrios of Puerto Rico aboard his 39-foot sloop, Enzian. The rest, as they say, is history.

Yachting has evolved by leaps and bounds since Dr. Berrios sailed into the winner’s circle. With three weeks still to go, 137 boats have thus far registered for the 2007 event. At the very top of that list is ABN AMRO ONE, the radical Volvo 70 that demolished the fleet in the recent running of the Volvo Round-the-World Race. Fresh from convincing victories in the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta and the BVI Spring Regatta, ABN AMRO ONE is in prime position to take overall honors in the 2007 Caribbean Big Boat Series. Skipper Mike Sanderson and his all-star crew will be looking to complete their trifecta of perfect scores during Stanford Antigua Sailing Week.

But ABN AMRO ONE is hardly the only boat with long-distance credentials. Andrew Pindar’s Open 60 Pindar Alphagraphics is also a veteran of the marathon round-the-world circuit. Pindar and his crew will face staunch competition from local favorite Johnny Malbon on another Open 60, Artemis Ocean Racing. Both 60-footers will hope to hold off the charge of the 67-foot Adventure, a yacht that competed in Chay Blyth’s Global Challenge race. Now crewed by a team of British Army soldiers, it’s on a 10-leg tour around the planet with Antigua a welcome stop on the voyage.


12 March 2007
Ericsson Racing Team have raised the stakes in their efforts to produce a successful campaign for 2008-09 with an intensive research and analysis programme. The purchase of previous race winner ABN AMRO ONE as a training boat, has also added to their armoury.

Under the eye of designer, Juan Kouyoumdjian, the team has been busy conducting five months of computer simulations and tank tests with the construction of the new Ericsson Volvo Open 70 starting shortly in Kista, Sweden.

According to construction manager Killian Bushe, the build site will be state-of-the-art. ‘Since November, we have worked hard at putting the right team in place and getting all the necessary tools ready,’ Bushe said. ‘This includes two ovens - one of them as big as the boat (25 meters) - and a smaller one for all the components. Our team is ready to start the construction and we are looking forward to this new challenge.’

Meanwhile, Kouyoumdjian is confident they have made great strides in developing a boat capable of challenging for overall honours. ‘The new boat we have designed represents a clear generation jump from what we have known so far,’ he said. ‘Its performance will increase noticeably. This boat definitely announces the second generation of VO 70's.

Extensive testing
Ericsson are leaving no stone unturned. Fifteen people have been fully involved in the design of the Ericsson yacht since November. Their best designs have been built as models and tested in France, at the Bassin d'essais de carenes de Paris. The tank test unit, which belongs to the Ministry of Defence, has been allocated exclusively to the Ericsson Racing Team for the duration of the tests.

Kouyoumdjian adds: ‘We have put a lot of effort into CFD (computational fluid dynamics) analysis. We have based our work on the new route, and have run more than 6,000 virtual races around the world with several models. Today, we know precisely which boat we are going to build and why.’

ABN AMRO ONE will be used as a training and crew selection platform once it is delivered in mid-July. Meanwhile, the team will deploy the 2005-06 Ericsson Volvo 70 for extensive hospitality sailing around the world - starting in Scandinavia this spring.

John Kostecki, the Ericsson Racing team skipper, had an early taste of the performance of ABN AMRO ONE as a member of the winning crew in the Heineken Regatta in St-Maarten. ‘It was great to sail on this boat,’ he said. ‘She is quite different to sail compared to my experiences so far on board Volvo Open 70s. This boat is the current benchmark and will allow us to quantify the improvements we make with our new boat.’

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