Bow Wow Wow
On Saturday, the VOR Chief Measurer came across a foam-built false bow section of a boat in Ericsson Racing Team (ERT) colors near the ERT containers. This was an old bow section from Ericsson 4 which, following damage well before the race started last year, was removed and replaced with a new bow section made using the same mould. The old bow section was kept as a spare part and loaded into ERT’s shipping containers. On Ericsson 4, two of the key hull measurement references for the Volvo Open 70 Class, the LLF (Limit of Length Forward) and the RPF (Reference Point Forward) occur on this sacrificial bow section. The point in question is established by the measurers when they measure the hull for the first time. All significant measurement references on Volvo Open 70 hulls are marked with small self-tapping screw heads bonded into the hull.