2nd Generation Volvo Open 70 “Kraken” formerly known as Telefonica Black
The Volvo 70 Ocean Race Yacht is a class of racing yachts designed for the Volvo Ocean Race. It was first used in the 2005–06 race and replaced the Volvo Ocean 60 Yachts, which were first raced in 1993. The Volvo Ocean 70 uses a Canting keel which is capable of canting transversely up to an angle of 40 degrees. According to the VO70 rule, the yachts can be made from glass fibres, aramid fibres, or carbon fibres. Kraken is made of Carbon Fibre. The Volvo Open 70 race rules are similar to those of a Formula One race team, as there is not a specific yacht design but a set of rules which competing yachts need to adhere to.
Originally known as Telefonica Black or Black Jack, she competed in the 08/09 Volvo Ocean Race and finished overall in 6th position, winning the final leg into St Petersburg and skippered by Fernando Echávarri. She was then bought with a view to complete the Westabout Race, but unfortunately, the project did not get off the ground and she has been berthed in Portland Marina for the last few years.
Now you can have the opportunity to charter her for either a day, weekend or for a race series or book as an individual.
The boat comes with a professional skipper, mate and up to 3 crew members depending on your needs. She can take up to 12 guests and is located in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth. However, the boat can be relocated anywhere to suit your requirements. Krakens team specialised in creating a tailor make a package to suit you and your guest’s exact needs on and off the water. There are many different options for boat charter, from days out on the Solent to race campaigns all over the world.
Specifications Volvo 70 Kraken
- Builder: Southern Ocean
- Hull Designer: Farr Yacht Design
- Model: Volvo 70
- Year Built: 2008
- LOA: 21.50m / 70.54ft
- Beam: 5.70m / 18.70ft
- Draft: 4.50m / 14.76ft
- Displacement: 14,000kg / 30,865lbs
- Engine: 1 Volvo D2 (75hp) Diesel
We’re here to teach, train and race the boat whilst you have the opportunity to get as involved as you like
Lance comes from an outstanding sailing background. He started sailing in the scouts (too many years ago to count), joined the Marines, worked on the Lytham lifeboats and then moved to the Solent teaching for Sunsail and UKSA. In 2017/18 he skippered the Clipper Round the World Race on the Liverpool boat, circumnavigating with a team of amateur sailors.
Lance is the driving force behind Kraken, developing the mantra of allowing the crew to learn and develop in all areas of the race
Claire grew up sailing on the west coast of Scotland. She circumnavigated the world on the Clipper Round the World Race and reigniting her love of sailing. Having worked in events and hospitality for over 20 years, Claire is excited to combine both these worlds
Nabs starting sailing at the tender age of 4, so was born and bred racing on the Solent. He has over 10 years of experience as a professional skipper, with numerous Cowes Week and RTI class victories. He has strong tactician and navigational skills and excellent teaching experience – so can guide you through the ‘brains’ behind the sailing. He also comes equipped with his own personal wind vane, with his gorgeous locks of flowing hair
James’ sailing medical training earned him the nickname ‘Doctor Dreamboat’ but he’s not just a pretty face. He was raised in the Caribbean and after an illustrious career as a chartered accountant, he saw the light (on the waves) and has since logged over 50,000 Nm in offshore racing. His cv includes a season in Bosun role on 188ft racing schooner “Adela”. He is Yacht Master Offshore commercially endorsed and is a CYA dinghy instructor.
Nano was born in Punta del Este, Uruguay. He began surfing at the age of 8 and was a professional swimmer until 18, being the Uruguayan champion in 50,100 and 200 butterfly. He stopped swimming professionally when he went to University and then embarked on a career as an accountant. When he was 27 he quit his job, rented his house, sold his car and started seeking a life at sea. He has gained over 50,000 Nm and is Yacht Master Offshore qualified.
What is required of you
- You don’t have to have any sailing experience, but we do guarantee that after a trip like this, you’ll be hooked!
- We can take guests from age 14 and above, but anyone under 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult.
- We are often offshore and not near-immediate medical help, so you should have a reasonable degree of fitness, the ability to move around the boat safely and not have any medical conditions that require active treatment or are likely to be exacerbated during the expedition.
- You need to have a valid passport, any visas required to travel and adequate travel insurance for the duration of the trip.
A can-do attitude and a stash of banter are a definite bonus!
- Waterproof or soft kit bag (no hard cases with wheels)
- 1 complete set of dry clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Hat and gloves
- Sun cream
- Any medication you require
- Seasickness pills, if needed
- Water bottle
- Warm layers as required
- Safety knife (for racing, or offshore only)
- Head torch
- Sailing boots (optional), for daysailing or warmer expeditions, trainer will be fine
If you do not have any of the items on the kit list, please get in touch for advice.
What Kraken provides
- All food on board
- A bunk on board
- Berthing fee
Schedule Sailing Volvo 70 Kraken
The diary of upcoming Races, Cross Channel Weekend sailing experiences, Volvo 70 Mile Builders and Volvo 70 Taster days
- RORC Caribbean 600 2020, 21-28 February
- St.Maarten Heineken Regatta 2020, 3-8 March
- BVI Spring Regatta 2020, 28 March- 5 April
- Les Voiles de St.Barths 2020, 12-16 April
- Cevanties 2020, 8-10 May
- Malham Race 2020, 23 May
- Round the Island 2020, 30-31 May
- RORC De Guinand Bowl 2020, 6 June
- Round Ireland Race 2020, 20 June
- RORC Morgan Cup 2020, 8 July
- Cork to Portsmouth 2020, 12-14 July
- RORC Cowes Dinard St.Malo Race 2020, 17 July
- RORC Channel Race 2020, 1 August
- RORC L’Ile d’Ouessant (Ushant) Race 2020, 16 August
- RORC Cherbourg Race 2020, 4 September
- Rolex Middle Sea Race 2020, 24-31 October
- ARC 2020, 18 November-9 December
- Fastnet 2021, August, dates tbc
- Atlantic Crossing 2020, 12-31 January
- Atlantic Blast 2020, 5 May
- Irish Sea Experience 2020, 16-18 June
- Irish sea Experience 2020, 27-29 June
- Cork to Portsmouth 2020, 12-14 July
- 5-day Mile Builder 2020, 26-30 August
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 15-19 September Portsmouth – Vigo
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 22-26 September Vigo – Gibraltar
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 29 September-3 October Gibraltar – Cagliari
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 6-10 October Cagliari – Malta
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 27-31 October Malta – Cagliari
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 3-7 November Cagliari – Gibraltar
- 5-day mile builder 2020, 10-14 November Gibraltar – Las Palmas
Cross Channel Weekend Experiences
- Experience Weekend 2020, 13-14 June
- Experience Weekend 2020, 25-26 July
- Experience Weekend 2020, 8-9 August
- Experience Weekend 2020, 12-13 September
Read more about the Cross Channel Weekend sailing experience here
Read more about the Volvo 70 Mile Builders here
Read more about Volvo 70 Taster day here
Life Onboard Kraken
This is not a cruise – it’s a true taste of life on board an ocean racing yacht.
The ‘heads’ experience
We may have mentioned once or more, that on-board a Volvo Open 70 you’ll get a very real experience of ocean racing. Conditions are cramped, the ‘galley’ is a kettle and the heads are definitely an experience… Here’s the lovely Kim giving you a taste of what you can expect.
Safety first – skills drilling for MOB
Knowing how to recover a man overboard quickly and safely is one of our top priorities in safety. This is not a boat that can stop on a dime, especially when she is fully powered up. Watch how we have been practising our casualty recovery skills, so if it ever happens we can act fast.
Professional collaboration in safety
The UK Coast Guard has global recognition for their skills, so we were proud to be asked if we could help them with training for their helicopter high-line casualty recovery training. With no fixed backstays, our yacht poses specific challenges for them and it’s vital that they practice for all eventualities. In this case, they were happy just relieving us of a packet of custard creams, but it was a fantastic experience for all involved.
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