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Hampshire skipper's Ocean racing hopes for a new boat

One of the South's top sailors is hoping it will be third time lucky in one of the world's toughest ocean races. Hampshire's Ian Walker does not have the best of records in the Volvo Ocean Race. But he does have a new boat... Sally Simmonds joined his crew on the Solent.

The interviewees are: Ian Walker, Skipper, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing; Justin Slattery, Bowman; Simon Fisher, Navigator.

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The girls say: "We've got what it takes"

For the first time in over a decade there will be an all female crew in the Volvo Round the World Sailing Race. Since the event started on the South Coast back in 1973 it's gradually got faster and tougher, making it more and more difficult for women to compete, let alone win.

But team SCA are out to prove the girls have got what it takes. Crew members Sam Davies and Annie Lush told Sally Simmonds that the challenge ahead is about as big as it gets.

Volvo Ocean Race unveils new boat design

The new 65ft one design Volvo Ocean Race yacht Credit: VOR

The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled details of the new boat that will be used for the next two editions of the Race.

The plans will significantly reduce the cost of mounting a competitive campaign and are designed to bring the size of the fleet to 8-10 boats in future editions.

The 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing yacht will be strictly one-design. It will be designed by the United States-based Farr Yacht Design and constructed by a consortium of leading boatyards in the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Switzerland.

Under an agreement between Volvo Ocean Race and the consortium, a minimum of eight boats will be built to contest the next two races.

Work will begin in July and the first of the racing yachts in the new class will be completed by June 2013, a year before the start of the next race.

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