The look of the boat was developed to emphasize her Brazilian identity, without specifically using national symbols. The logo design consists of a yellow diamond shape, as found on the Brazilian flag. To enhance the connection with water, the outline of the logo is formed by water drops, a shape that reflects energy and movement.
The visual identity, including the brand Brasil 1 and the design of the boat, were developed by GAD'DESIGN, one of the largest graphic design companies in Brazil.
This week, the construction of Brasil 1 has entered its final stages. The deck and hull, that have been built over the past seven months, were finally joined and will be sealed together by the weekend.
Former Star world-champion and director of the project Alan ADLER (BRA) is following the construction from up close. 'We are now starting to put together the equipment that we will use during the race. A team of technicians is heading to the shipyard in Indaiatuba to install the engine, the generator, the desalinator, and other equipment,' explains ADLER.
In addition to the electrical installations and electronic equipment, the team will build a hydraulic system that moves the canting keel, a major innovation of the Volvo Ocean Race vessels this year. 'This is the most sensitive part of the boat,' says ADLER.
'This is the most modern sailing boat ever built in Brazil. Construction techniques in carbon fibre and all the other materials used are new to Brazil. In addition, a large part of what's used in this process consists of imported advanced technology and can't be found here,' says Horácio CARABELLI (BRA), the technical coordinator of the project and one of Brazil's most renowned boat designers.
Designed by the team of New Zealander Bruce FARR, the Brasil 1 will be launched in June. The team will train in Brazil until August, and then leave for Europe and it's training base in Portugal.