Volvo 70: World’s coolest yachts

Published on August 25th, 2021

Yachting World has been asking top sailors and marine industry gurus to choose the coolest and most innovative yachts of our times, and Kiwi professional Stu Bannatyne nominated the Volvo 70 Ericsson 4. Here’s the report:

“Ericsson 4 holds a special place in my history of boats sailed. I was fortunate to be part of a very talented team that resulted in the fastest Volvo 70 of its era and it gave us many happy moments; along with some very stressful ones too!”

The Juan Kouyoumdjian-designed Volvo 70, Ericsson 4 won the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race, skippered by Torben Grael. During the very first leg of that race the crew showed her potential by setting a 24-hour monohull record, covering 596.6 miles, something Bannatyne recalls as giving “a great sense of satisfaction, both personally and for the team.”

He adds: “The Volvo 70 was the best of all the Volvo Ocean Race classes and the same boats are still very active, and winning races globally.

“It’s fantastic to see so many generations of them still being campaigned across the world, whether with a full professional team or a pay-to-play charter operation. The sailors always come back with wide smiles knowing they have experienced racing on the best ever Volvo Ocean Race boats!”

For Yachting World’s list of cool boats, click here.

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