De Boer embarks on Volvo Ocean Race challenge

14th October 2008

De Boer is facing an epic nautical challenge following the launch from Spain of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s longest sailing event.

The leading international temporary structure supplier is providing two specially prepared VIP hospitality pavilions for the main sponsor Volvo that will follow the race around the world.

The Volvo Ocean Race, which set off from Alicante on October 4, is to visit 11 international ports and will last until the end of June 2009 when the teams cross the finishing line in St. Petersburg.

Ahead of the race, a team from De Boer will travel to each of the stopover ports to erect its popular Emperor structure as a hospitality pavilion for Volvo. The unique temporary structure consists of wooden and aluminium elements.

The luxurious accommodation, with 500 square metres of floor space, has been designed in accordance with Volvo’s house style and is being used to accommodate Volvo’s many guests and business contacts. In Alicante De Boer provided additional hospitality space for the Telefonica team, one of the participants in the Volvo Ocean Race.

The race is by far the biggest corporate event where Volvo is involved. Explaining the company’s relationship with De Boer, Björn Brännberg, Volvo’s Head of Corporate Events, said: "De Boer is a solid and reliable company with substantial international experience and an excellent reputation. Both their material and their service are top quality.”

The Volvo Ocean Race takes nine months and covers 39,000 nautical miles. It comprises seven 'in-port' races and 10 race stages.