A flotilla of nine young Optimist dinghy sailors from the nearby Yacht Club proudly escorted the 65-foot team AkzoNobel yacht into the dock. This was followed by the ceremonial breaking of a champagne bottle on the bow of the team AkzoNobel yacht, which was performed by Mayor Krikke, accompanied by Deputy Mayor of The Hague, Karsten Klein.
Among the special guests at the event was Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner, who wished team AkzoNobel well for the forthcoming campaign. “It has taken nearly nine months to build and complete the meticulous fit-out of this new Volvo Ocean 65,” he said. “The boat builders at Persico and our guys at The Boatyard have done an incredible job for team AkzoNobel. The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest test of a team in professional sport and I wish Simeon and the team all the very best as they line up at the start in Alicante against the world's best offshore sailors.”
All the boats competing in the race have been painted using AkzoNobel’s International and Awlgrip marine coatings. The striking livery on the hull of the team AkzoNobel yacht combines seven custom mixed colors in an intricate design, which took around 1,400 man hours to apply.
Within the next few days, Tienpont and his crew – who have their team base in The Hague – will take the newly christened team AkzoNobel yacht on a transatlantic training run to New York. This will quickly be followed by a return crossing to the English south coast to take part in the 605-mile Rolex Fastnet Race – a qualifying event mandated by the Volvo Ocean Race rules.
The Volvo Ocean Race itself starts on October 22 in Alicante, Spain. It will visit 11 cities before finishing in The Hague in June 2018.
Team AkzoNobel announced its participation in the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race in July last year as part of a strategic partnership to raise global awareness for the company’s brands and expertise and create opportunities to engage in projects with local communities.
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Pictures of the christening will be made available on www.AkzoNobel.com from 19.00 CEST.