The Volvo 70 is an iconic offshore series of yachts. Three generations were produced, 21 Yachts were built and 18 remain in existence. OCEAN BREEZE (2nd Generation) was one of only two yachts used in more than one edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Once in 2008 as TELEFONICA BLUE and the following edition as SANYA LAN.
She was selected from the 2008 crop of yachts by the SANYA team for having the most potential of a podium.
Originally built in Spain by King Marine, she was one of two sister ships, designed by the Farr office.
TELEFONICA BLUE finished third overall in the Volvo Ocean Race, winning two out of the ten ocean legs and four out of the seven in port races and the on port series overall.
In her life as SANYA, she inevitably suffered against the much newer generation of the Volvo 70 (although only 4 out of the 5 now exist) as much due to the late announcement of the team (just over 4 months before the start) as the progress of design around the rule.
Since the 2011 – 2012 race, she was hauled ashore in Alicante and decommissioned for a few years waiting for the next owner. This came in 2015 under a Dutch syndicate who refitted her for adventure racing, and enjoyed a few years in this guise before being purchased in 2018 by another syndicate.
In 2018 she received an enormous refit after the Volvo Legends race. The majority of the work is mentioned below in the specifications, however over €250,000 was spent on her, and that does not include the unused full set (7 sails) of sails that are waiting to be hoisted for the first time.
She offers excellent value for money, for a line honors yacht, or for exciting offshore sailing. You only have to look at the results of the major offshore races in the work to see how competitive these yachts are.
The Volvo 70 still holds the monohull record for the Fastnet race (she was not racing in IRC that year, but would have won overall by a long, long way!).
The Volvo 70’s are very powerful beasts that once tamed are quite simply the most exquisite sailing yachts ever built and likely to be for quite some time in the future.