The boat is very avant-garde in her design. “The Team Russia VO70 is characterised by her aggressive spray rails, bluff bow and low chines. She has shown evidence of real pace, clocking numerous 500nm-plus 24 hour runs on Legs 1 & 2 as well as a 300nm-plus run in 13 hours during qualifying.” – Humphreys Yacht Design
Fuel for the crew
To say that a sailing boat is driven solely by air is not the full truth. You need to add water and food for the crew. They consume a lot. The average male, living a normal life, requires approximately 3,000 calories (Kcal) per day and about 2.5 litres of water. A Volvo Open 70 crewmember requires twice as much: 6,000 kcal and 5 litres of water (7.5 litres a day in the heat, close to the equator). During a long leg of the race, at least 1,000 litres of water is required – just for drinking. Poor nutrient equals low human performance, which equals low sailing speeds. It is just like a car – no fuel, no speed. Although the amount of fuel needed for a racing boat is significantly lower than for a car, kcal consumed by the crew – approximately 54,000/day – and distance travelled –say 400 nautical miles/day – would, in car terms, be equivalent to a fuel consumption of 0.91 litres/100m. 400 horsepower!
British yacht designer Simon Rogers at Rogers Yacht Design calculated how much power a boat like this can pull out of fresh air: “Say that you have 20 knots downwind. The boat will then travel at approximately the same speed. The power you need to achieve that is approximately 270 horsepower,” Simon said. “In more extreme weather, above 30 knots, it would be possible to make the Volvo Open 70 generate forces equivalent to 400 horsepower. I would not be surprised if the speed under such conditions momentarily can exceed 35 knots.” These maximum speeds are reached when the boat can use power from both wind and waves. If only wind was to be used (flat water is rare in stormy weather, but it occurs sometimes), a rough estimate is that the boat could reach speeds of more than 25 knots. That means that if this boat came up alongside a merchant vessel in a storm, it is possible that the race boat would travel significantly faster. As we said initially, this boat loves stormy weather.
“Monster Project” is in great condition with a large sail wardrobe. She has been comprehensively overhauled since it’s purchase by the new owner September 2014.
She is a yacht to set records or provide top rate sailing experiences inshore or offshore and she’s doing just that.