Paris - The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, the world's premier
round-the-world sailing event, will start in Alicante, Spain late next
year and be the longest distance in race history, organisers said on
The 13th ocean race, which will take eight months to complete instead
of the previous nine, is reckoned to be the toughest professional
challenge in yachting and this time will cover a daunting 45 000
nautical miles and visit 11 cities, said chief executive Mark Turner.
The first leg will be from Alicante to Lisbon in October-November
2017, and then on to Cape Town, Guangzhou via Hong Kong, Auckland,
Itajai in Brazil, Newport in the United States, Cardiff in Wales,
Gothenburg, arriving finally in the Hague in June 2018.
"We believe this route is one of the best ever... we are taking the
sailors to some of the most remote corners of the planet," said Turner.
"Above all, we are taking the fleet deep into the Southern Ocean: the
Roaring 40s, Furious 50s and maybe Screaming 60s," he added, referring
to latitude bands.
Crews need to survive on a diet of freeze-dried food and a maximum of four hours' sleep a day.
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Briton Ian Walker, won the 12th
edition of the event in June 2015 after covering 38 739 nautical miles
in just under nine months.