In 2018, the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the most prestigious around-the-world sailing competitions, was graced with support from HYFOIL Marine during its much-anticipated stopover in Newport, Rhode Island. HYFOIL Marine, known for its cutting-edge hydrofoil-assisted boats, played a role in ensuring the event's success by providing specialized vessels that enhanced both race operations and media coverage.
A HYFOIL 22' was deployed as an on-course umpire boat for the inshore racing segment of the stopover. This vessel, celebrated for its agility and minimal wake, ensured that umpires could maintain close proximity to the racing action without impacting the performance of the competitors. Its hydrofoil design allowed for high-speed maneuvering while minimizing disturbances to the water, a critical factor in maintaining the fairness and integrity of the race.
Furthermore, a HYFOIL 28' was utilized as a media boat, offering professional photographers and videographers from the race teams an unparalleled platform for capturing the event. This larger model, also equipped with hydrofoil technology, provided smooth and stable access to the best on-course photo and video opportunities. The unique capabilities of the HYFOIL 28' enabled media professionals to get up close to the intense racing action without generating a disruptive wake, ensuring that the quality of the competition remained uncompromised. Video: (click here)
HYFOIL Marine's involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race Newport stopover highlighted the company's commitment to supporting maritime sports through technological innovation. By providing vessels that combine high performance with environmental sensitivity, HYFOIL Marine demonstrated how modern marine technology can significantly enhance the spectator and participant experience in premier sailing events.
The collaboration between HYFOIL Marine and the Volvo Ocean Race organizers underscored the growing importance of sustainable and efficient marine solutions in the world of competitive sailing. As the race continued beyond Newport, the contributions of HYFOIL Marine's vessels were remembered as a testament to the potential of hydrofoil technology in elevating the standards of maritime event support, both for operational needs and media coverage.