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The Volvo Ocean Race reveals start dates

The Volvo Ocean Race organisers revealed the start dates for the first three legs, completeing their drip-feed of announcements of upgrades to the Volvo Race format.

The race will begin on Sunday, 22 October 2017 – in almost exactly one year’s time – and the teams set out to complete a total of 45,000 nautical miles of offshore racing.

The new course takes in 11 landmark cities in five continents over eight months.

The first official action of the 2017-18 edition will be the Alicante In-Port Race on Saturday, 14 October.

Then the Volvo Ocean Race itself begins eight days later with Leg 1 – a 700-nautical mile sprint to Lisbon, Portugal.

After arriving in Lisbon, the boats will take part in the In-Port Race on Saturday, 28 October before the start of Leg 2 on Sunday, 5 November.

That will see them battle it out over 7,000 nautical miles of the Atlantic Ocean to Cape Town, South Africa.

The Cape Town In-Port Race will take place on Friday, 8 December and Leg 3 will begin two days later on Sunday, 10 December 2017.

The full route, including almost three times the amount of Southern Ocean sailing as in recent editions, was announced earlier this year.

The Race will announce the dates for the rest of the legs in the coming weeks.

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23 October 2016 12:06 GMT


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