DISCOVER Magazine #7

Volvo Ocean Race: from start to finish

Published in category: Heritage & Culture

Damen has been following the Volvo Ocean Race with interest throughout its epic 38,739 nm voyage across the globe, calling at 11 ports in as many countries.

On the 15 November last year, as the race concluded its first leg, Damen proudly delivered the starting ship for the In-Port race in Cape Town. The starting signal was given from a Damen FCS 5009 Security Vessel, built on stock at Damen Shipyards Cape Town. Following the In-Port event, the vessel once again served as the starting line for the second leg of the race, which saw the boats set out for Abu Dhabi 6,125nm away.

In Abu Dhabi, the racers were met by another FCS 5009, one of the nine vessels of this type owned of ADNOC subsidiary ESNAAD, during the stopover between mid-December 2014 and early-January 2015. On this occasion, the Damen-built vessel served to host spectators for both the In-Port event and the Re-Start of the race.

At the end of June, as the race was entering its final stages, Damen vessels welcomed the boats as they entered the Dutch harbour town of Scheveningen for a Pit-Stop. Two Damen High-Speed Vessels – a Stan Patrol 5009 and a Fast Crew Supplier 2610 – hosted a number of guests, who were also transported to shore to take part in the celebrations before taking to the water once more to watch the boats sail onwards to Sweden and the end of an incredible adventure.

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