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Yachting: It is back to the roots for Volvo Ocean Race

Date Added: December 07, 2010 11:26:59 AM
Author: BARBIE BAO
Category: Recreation & Sports: Travel

� It is worth $ 7.5 million, 70 foot long and can comfortably accommodate two America’s Cup class yachts within its wide beam. The Emirates New Zealand entry into the race is ‘Camper’ and it is taking a very powerful spot. � There are very strong signs that this enormous yacht will make the yachting fans, as well as Team New Zealand very happy people. The yachting interest was lost amid the America’s Cup squabbles and this is what the Team Boss Grant Dalton will use to reclaim it. It is a gesture big enough to quiet down the three year long squabbles. � The launch is scheduled for April which will be the start for the sea trials for the VO70 yacht. There will also be the tour of New Zealand which is for PR purposes. The tour should start in Dunedin towards the end of April and work its way up the coast. � Grant Dalton said, “I can remember when we sailed on Lion in 1984, we did something similar. People paid $2 to clamber all over the boat and get to know us and what it was all about. That was great and we want to do something a bit like that again- we want to get back to our roots.” The New Zealand’s roots are well known and remembered in the round the world yacht race. That is why Dalton and Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson said they were keen to re-energize general sports fans and interest in yachting. However, Dalton will not be on board Camper and Australian Nicholson will skipper Camper. He recalls that the first Kiwi entry cost about $ 750,000 to build, which was Ceramco NZ. This year’s boat will cost so much more which is approximately $ 7,500,000. � According to Dalton, two or three more entries may come into the Volvo Ocean Race yet - although it is almost certainly getting too late to put together a new yacht now because the race kicks off in Alicante, Spain, October, 2011. The rest of the Camper crew should be announced by December. � � It is worth $ 7.5 million, 70 foot long and can comfortably accommodate two America’s Cup class yachts within its wide beam. The Emirates New Zealand entry into the race is ‘Camper’ and it is taking a very powerful spot. � There are very strong signs that this enormous yacht will make the yachting fans, as well as Team New Zealand very happy people. The yachting interest was lost amid the America’s Cup squabbles and this is what the Team Boss Grant Dalton will use to reclaim it. It is a gesture big enough to quiet down the three year long squabbles. � The launch is scheduled for April which will be the start for the sea trials for the VO70 yacht. There will also be the tour of New Zealand which is for PR purposes. The tour should start in Dunedin towards the end of April and work its way up the coast. � Grant Dalton said, “I can remember when we sailed on Lion in 1984, we did something similar. People paid $2 to clamber all over the boat and get to know us and what it was all about. That was great and we want to do something a bit like that again- we want to get back to our roots.” � The New Zealand’s roots are well known and remembered in the round the world yacht race. That is why Dalton and Volvo skipper Chris Nicholson said they were keen to re-energize general sports fans and interest in yachting. However, Dalton will not be on board Camper and Australian Nicholson will skipper Camper. He recalls that the first Kiwi entry cost about $ 750,000 to build, which was Ceramco NZ. This year’s boat will cost so much more which is approximately $ 7,500,000. � According to Dalton, two or three more entries may come into the Volvo Ocean Race yet - although it is almost certainly getting too late to put together a new yacht now because the race kicks off in Alicante, Spain, October, 2011. The rest of the Camper crew should be announced by December. �
 
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