If you love yachting as much as we here at Universal Yacht Charter do, then we are sure you will be as excited as we are at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race on October 11th.
Read Our 10 Fascinating Facts About The Volvo Ocean Race Here….
- The Volvo Ocean Race was formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and is held every 3 years.
- The first race of this globe-circling regatta was in 1973 and started in Portsmouth, United Kingdom on the 8th September.
- The original course was designed to follow the route of the original square riggers that in the 19th Century, carried cargo around the world.
- In 2001 the sponsorship was claimed by Volvo and renamed, this also introduced more stopover ports in Sweden, France and Germany.
- There is no cash prize for winning the race! Just the glory and accomplishment achieved.
- The Southern Ocean is generally where the worst weather conditions are encountered with 100 foot waves and wind speeds of up to 60 knots!
- The 2014-15 race is the longest route in the history of the race – covering four oceans, five continents and 38,739 nautical miles!
- It’s the longest sporting event in the world – lasting up to 9 months
- The race takes in 11 ports, starting in Alicante, Spain and finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden
- For the first time since 2001, one of the seven teams is the all-female Team SCA.
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