Alicante, Spain - The spectacular new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race conference for the 2011 - 12 edition of the race.
As with the Olympic Games, there is no financial reward for winning this 37,000 nautical-mile race around the world, but this beautifully designed trophy symbolizes the glory of winning what is still one of the most extreme challenges in the world of sport. Just competing in the Race represents an achievement, with success meaning everything to those who have achieved it.
Mike Sanderson, skipper of ABN AMRO ONE in 2005-06 epitomised this when, after crossing the final finish line in Gothenburg, he said, "This is my Olympic Gold, my Mount Everest, my childhood dream."
The final design of the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a product of a highly fought over bidding process, which Spanish company Proximma Comunicación won. The trophy, which stands 70cm high and weighs nine kilos, comprises 11 wave-shaped rings, each one representing an edition of the race. A new ring will be added after every future edition. Through the masts supporting the rings, there is a glimpse of the blue ocean hidden inside.
Made of aluminum and silver plate, this trophy represents a modern yet legendary race, which has a heritage of 37 years. Leading edge design, satellite communication, technology and innovation have always played an important role in the development of the event and the new trophy reflects this.
Engraved on each ring, is the year of the race and the route, together with the name of the winning boat and her skipper. The eleventh ring will be engraved at the end of the event when it finishes in Galway in the summer of 2012.
"We think that the new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy encapsulates all the facets of the Race," emphasises Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race. "It is a distinctive trophy and with its modern feel, it shows how forward thinking the race is. Yet the rings representing the past editions, depict our pride in our legacy and heritage. "
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Editors' Notes: The Volvo Ocean Race
- The next Volvo Ocean Race will start in the Spanish port of Alicante in the October 2011 and finish in Galway, Ireland in July 2012.
- The course will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).
- The first 31,250 nautical-mile race first took place over 37 years ago (as The Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74), testing the crews against some of the most ferocious elements that man can encounter.
- The 2011-12 race will be the 11th edition of the event.
- The boat is the state-of-the-art Volvo Open 70, currently the holder of the world record for the most miles sailed (596) in 24 hours.