The Motorola-Humphreys VX40 is a 40ft one-design multihull that has been designed for fast-paced inshore grand prix racing. The new circuit which will be held during some of the Volvo Ocean Race 2005-06 stopovers, including Spain, Brazil, US, UK and Holland. The first grand prix starts in Sanxenxo, Spain, during the first week of November.
HUMPHREYS will compete in both the IMOCA Open 60 and the VX40 grand prix circuits in 2005-06. Combining both the inshore grand prix racing and the offshore Open 60 sailing will provide a greater resource for training, team development and performance. It also enables partners of Conrad HUMPHREYS Racing greater flexibility in using the medium of sailing as a marketing and communications platform.
Conrad HUMPHREYS, Managing Director commented, 'The VX40 campaign will provide a number of opportunities going forward: It is an exciting boat to train and race with the best catamaran sailors in the world which will improve our competitive edge; the grand prix is global and gives our partners greater visibility worldwide and also provides the chance for employees and customers to sail as part of a high performance team. The mix is perfect!'
Margaret RICE-JONES, corporate vice president, Motorola Inc. and general manager, Motorola Networks, EMEA, commented, 'We are excited to be sponsoring the Team GBR VX40 and supporting Conrad and his crew. This new VX40 circuit covers ports worldwide and ours is a global market. Their commitment to winning matches our own drive to deliver upon customer expectations and market share in the region. The races demand true team work and focus - key elements to winning in business.'