THE RACE

The Volvo Ocean Race

The toughest and most difficult regatta in history. The Volvo Ocean Race: a technological, human and logistical challenge .

More than 38.000 nautical miles (74,000 kilometres) around the globe in which the “MAPFRE” crew will have to face the most extreme conditions, sailing across three oceans and stopping at ten cities across four different continents. Nine months of competition, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An exhausting pace and only one winner.

 

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2014-2015: more than 38.000 miles and nine legs

The Volvo Ocean Race will kick off in Alicante (Spain) on the 4th of October, with the celebration of the first inshore race.

A week later, on the 11th of October, the starting horn will sound for the start of the first leg in the regatta, which will finish at Cape Town (South Africa). From there, and after rounding the Cape of Good Hope, the fleet will set off for new shores, and for the second time in the history of the regatta, the boats will be mooring at the city of Abu Dhabi (UAE). From the Persian Gulf the yachts will set course for the Chinese city of Sanya.

For the third consecutive edition a Chinese city will also be seeing off the participants, and this time, the boats will set course for the ‘City of Sails’, as Auckland (New Zealand) is well known. The Kiwi city welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race back and it is also the last resting point for the round the world sailors before diving into the feared South Pacific. After rounding Cape Horn the route home will begin, and getting back into the Atlantic is always a welcome relief.

Itajaí will be the port in Brazil and from there, the Volvo Ocean 65s will begin a stretch of the course that will take them to Newport, in the USA, the final port before crossing the Atlantic and getting back into European waters. From there, the Portuguese city of Lisbon will welcome the fleet, before they set off for Lorient (France). The  city of Gothenburg will host the finish of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, following nine months of intense competition in which offshore sailing is interspersed with inshore racing.

Boat
Volvo Ocean 65

Crew
8 sailors +
1 OBR

Nº of sails
12 
 8 on board

Ports
10 ports