MONSTER PROJECT, formerly S.Y "Kosatka", a Volvo Open 70 in the 2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race Round the World, and Team Russia, were established and funded by Russian supermarket chain founder, Oleg Zherebtsov. It was the only Volvo Open 70 campaign to be funded by a private individual and without sponsorship.
Design work commenced in June 2007, leading to an intensive two-month research and development programme before construction commenced in August 2007. The boat, is very avant-garde in her design.
“Team Russia VO70 is characterised by her aggressive spray rails, bluff bow and low chines. She has shown evidence of real pace, clocking numerous 500nm-plus in 24 hour runs on Legs 1 & 2 [in the VOR] as well as a 300nm-plus run in 13 hours during qualifying.” – Humphreys Yacht Design.
In June 2008 the boat was christened in partnership with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society as “Kosatka”, the Russian for Orca or Killer Whale. In October 2008 Kosatka and the team and started the 10th edition Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante.
In January 2013 the boat was comprehensively overhauled since it’s purchase by Andrew Budgen and Fred Schwyn of the “Project 1 Racing Team”. “MONSTER PROJECT” is in near new condition, with a large sail wardrobe and is already setting records both inshore or offshore on the Mediterranean, Transatlantic and Caribbean circuit as Formula-1 racing charter.