The Volvo Ocean Race
This 45,000 nautical mile sailing regatta is revered by many as the world’s most challenging sporting event. Crossing four oceans and passing 12 major cities in approximately eight months, the Volvo Ocean Race is reserved for the hardiest of sailors and has gained a reputation as the ultimate test of skill for competitors. Approximately 2.5 million visitors pass the gates of the 12 race villages across the world, and a cumulative TV news audience of 2.2 billion witnessed the action on their screens.
Which Yachts Participated in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018?
For the latest edition of the famous regatta, seven professional sailing teams competed: Team AzkoNobel, Dongfeng Race Team, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Clean Seas, and Team Brunel. It was the Dongfeng Race Team who finished in the fastest time, having completed the gruelling course in a total time of 126 days, 1 minute and 46 seconds, but scoring is judged on a high-points system which encourages competitors to push themselves and take risks. The 2017-2018 regatta was the closest in the competition’s history, with the winning margin being just 16 minutes.
About the Sailing Yachts
Designed specifically for high-performance sailing, the Volvo Ocean 65 Class stands at the pinnacle of yacht racing technology. With an overall length of 22.14m, a weight of 12,500kg, a main sail area of 163m2, and hull beam of 5.60m, the racing yachts are primed for speed and handling.
What were the 12 Host Cities for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018?
In 2018, competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race passed through Alicante (where the race began), Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Cardiff, and Gothenburg, before concluding in The Hague.
When is the Next Edition of the Volvo Ocean Race?
The next edition of the sailing regatta will be held between autumn 2021 and summer 2022. Exact dates are yet to be announced.