AMSTERDAM – Royal Huisman will carry out major maintenance on NEXTGEN, the 65ft Dutch entry into The Ocean Race that starts Jan. 15, 2023, in Alicante, Spain. The race is a successor of the Volvo Ocean Race.
The NEXTGEN, the former Team Brunel, has already been around the world twice in the Volvo Ocean Race. “Given next year’s 60,000-kilometer race, major maintenance is necessary to bring the Ocean racer into top condition,” says Royal Huisman, the venerable builder of fast, high-end performance sailing yachts.
NEXTGEN Sailing Team Director Gideon Messink says, “This will be the third ocean race for the boat. To make sure the boat is in top condition … a refit is necessary.”
The refit will be done at Huisfit, the Amsterdam refit unit of Royal Huisman. The company employs 300+ professionals, divided between yard branches in Vollenhove and the port of Amsterdam. In the previous Ocean Race, Royal Huisman carried out maintenance of the Team Brunel entry at the stopovers.
Royal Huisman built both Flyer boats in 1977 and 1981, the yachts with which Conny van Rietschoten won the Whitbread Round the World Race, the forerunner of The Ocean Race, twice in a row.
“That we are now, 45 years later, once again going to use our knowledge and expertise is fantastic,” says Royal Huisman Marketing Manager Jeroen Sirag.
“During the previous edition in 2017-2018, we were also involved in the campaign of the same boat. That created great pride among our professionals. In addition, the new collaboration fits perfectly with our winning culture.”
Royal Huisman was founded over 135 years ago and specializes in building custom sailing and motor yachts. Sister company Rondal is a specialized manufacturer of parts and Huisfit maintains, repairs, and restores superyachts.
Team NEXTGEN is the Dutch campaign for The Ocean Race. The campaign focuses on future generations and commits to contributing to a better world for the next generations