(November 5, 2010) Next year on October 29th, the 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race begins with the In-Port race in Alicante, Spain. The race course is confirmed, and the most committed of entries are now building their boats and training their crew.
During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race, the teams will sail over 39,000 nautical miles of the world's most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajai, Miami, Lisbon, Lorient, and concluding in Galway, Ireland, during early July 2012.
With a media crew member on each boat, there will be an unprecedented amount of video and images coming from the boats. A whole host of programming will be produced and distributed, with live video conferences, daily and weekly news updates to be broadcast around the world.
Here is some footage from the 2008-9 race, and interviews with a couple of the teams competing in the 2011-12 edition
In-port racing brings the racing to the public in an unprecedented way. Up close and in your face, its a great day out for fans young and old.
Things can get messy when you are travelling at 36 knots. Footage from Ericsson 4 during the 2008-09 Race as they lose steerage in a storm.
PUMA's Ken Read and Kimo Worthington provide a "one year to go" update from their base in Newport, RI.
Ian Walker, Skipper of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing gives an update on the team and shows us some footage from the region.