If you want to know how well your construction technology stands up to the rough treatment dealt out by most punishing yacht race ever devised, build a boat for the Whitbread Around the World Race (now known as the Volvo Ocean Race). When other boats experienced laminate and core-shearing failures, Toshiba, the water-ballasted Whitbread 60 that NEB built for Team Dennis Conner, blasted around the world without a single structural problem. Along with the boat's Kevlar/Airlite hull and deck, NEB created a number of custom carbon fiber components, from steering wheels to steering quadrants and instrument pods.