RIWAL OFFICIAL SUPPLIER OF VOLVO OCEAN RACE

Volvo Ocean Race is a race around the world for professional sailors and is commonly regarded as the world’s longest and toughest sporting event. As an Official Supplier, Riwal will provide scissor lifts and vertical masts to support the competing teams to make it to the finish line.

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Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race has started! The teams departed today for the 6000 nm from Melbourne to Hong Kong.

 

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The winner of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 3 is team Desafío MAPFRE!

 

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Leg 3 from Cape Town to Melbourne has started!

 

 

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The winner of Volvo Ocean Race Leg 2 is team Desafío MAPFRE!

 

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Vestas 11th Won Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18!

Vestas 11th Hour Racing completed the 1650 nautical mile on Saturday afternoon and won leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18!

 

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The Volvo Ocean Race has started!

And they’re off! The Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 has started today. This year 7 of the world best teams are competing the race: Team AkzoNobel, Team Dongfeng, Team Mapfre, Team Brunel, Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Team Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag. The teams are sailing a 1,450 nautical miles battle to the next stop Lisbon. Good luck to all teams!

 

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The Allicante Race Village is officially OPEN!! The fans are celebrating the first night of the 2017-18 edition.

 

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Safety first!

This week the Volvo Ocean Race staff, Boatyard and Operations team, got IPAF training from our trainer Neil Wilkins. Location was the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard facility in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Scissor lifts for the Volvo Ocean Race on transport

Our drivers brought the scissor lifts to a central location in the Netherlands where they were put into containers that will travel with the sailing teams.

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During the 12 race stopovers at Host Cities around the world, the Volvo Ocean 65 boats are hauled out of the water and the Riwal machines will be used to perform a variety of maintenance tasks at height, both safely and efficiently. The equipment is already being used at the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal, supporting the refit program of the boats, preceding the start of the race in October 2017. During the race the aerial work platforms will be shipped in containers aboard cargo ships. But because the sailing boats are faster than the cargo ships, there are actually two mobile boatyards, with sixteen scissor lifts, leapfrogging each other so they will be ready and waiting when the boats arrive at each stopover port. In addition to the equipment, Riwal will provide training as well as technical support, by local Riwal teams and partners.

“When people think about the Volvo Ocean Race, all they think about is the actual sailing,” observes Nick Bice, Director of Boats and Maintenance. “But there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes during the race to ensure that if they start the race they actually finish it.” At each stopover, he explains, the boats are lifted out of the water and placed in a cradle to allow for maintenance. Because it’s about eight meters from the keel to the top of the boat, Riwal provides each team with a ten-meter lift.“This is the first time we’ve done this,” continues Bice. “Previously we relied on local resources, but in some cities, we found that the materials handling equipment was a bit hit-and-miss, so we wanted to eliminate the potential of any sort of work stoppage due to equipment not being available. That’s why we’ve gone with a reputable company like Riwal. We’ve had the equipment in Lisbon since last July, and to date, it’s gone like clockwork, with no failures. Riwal has also supplied us with valuable training and will continue to support us throughout the race.”

About Riwal

The Riwal Holding Group, established in 1968, is an international rental and sales specialist of aerial work platforms, telehandlers and forklifts. Riwal has depot operations in 16 countries and conducts business in over 60 countries. Our mission is to provide our customers the highest levels of safety, productivity and service through our people.

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