Volvo Ocean Race - Going back to its Roots

More action, more speed, more tough miles and more host venues. 2017 - 2018 Volvo Race Route -

The 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race is going back to its Southern Ocean Roots.

The new route will be the longest ever sailing distance at around 45,000 nautical miles.

Around 12,500 nm of the race will take place in the Southern Ocean, the fast-moving, ice cold waters around the Antarctic

But while the teams will sail more nautical miles than ever before, the race itself is scheduled to be one month shorter.

The Southern Ocean has played an huge role in the history of the Race. In the early years as The Whitbread, the fleet would head as deep into the Southern Ocean as possible.

Braving the icebergs and ferocious winds of the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties in order to shave as much distance off the route as they could.

In more recent editions, the boats have raced north through the Indian Ocean, towards the Middle East.

And only returned to the south and its more extreme weather for the shorter leg across to Cape Horn.

The 2017 - 2018 Race route starts from Alicante, then Lisbon-Cape Town-Hong Kong-Guangzhou-Auckland-Itajai-Newport-Cardiff-Gothenburg and finally the Hague.

The UK stop is Cardiff, taking the Race back to the UK for the first time since 2005-06.

The United Kingdom is the birthplace of The Whitbread Round the World Race, which had its first start from Portsmouth in 1973 and later became the Volvo Ocean Race in 1998.”

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