The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will start from Alicante, Spain this October and finish in The Hague, Netherlands in June 2018. With almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in the previous edition, the eight competing teams will cover the longest distance in the race’s history at approximately 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and making stopovers in 12 cities on six continents.
Mark Towill (second from left), Charlie Enright (third from left) and their shipmates received a warm welcome in Newport after their transatlantic voyage from Portugal. © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.usRead more
Vestas Teams Up with 11th Hour Racing for the Volvo Ocean Race
Vestas are returning to the Volvo Ocean Race for a second consecutive edition, after launching their 2017-18 campaign in partnership with 11th Hour Racing at simultaneous events in Newport, Rhode Island and Aarhus – where it was also announced that the fleet will make a ‘fly by’ of the Danish city on the final leg.
Mark Towill (left) and Charlie Enright will lead Vestas 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. © Stephen Cloutier/PhotoGroup.usRead more
By Joe Cooper
I was reminded recently that four of the five boroughs of New York City are on islands. This came about as I rode Amtrak into Manhattan to attend a Volvo Ocean Race press round table in midtown. The event’s save-the-date email was rather neutral in tone, but nonetheless I persuaded myself something was afoot.
Teamwork is everything in the Volvo Ocean Race, all the time. © Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean RaceRead more
One of the most respected figures in professional sailing, Mark Turner was appointed CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2016. The 49-year-old Briton competed in the race aboard British Defender in 1989 when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and he led the Dongfeng Race Team campaign in the 2014-25 edition.
The Volvo Ocean Race is in Mark Turner’s very capable hands. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race
A veteran of other premier offshore events including the Transat Jacques Vabre and the Mini Transat, Turner managed Ellen MacArthur’s Vendée Globe in 2001, in which she finished second, and masterminded her record-breaking non-stop solo circumnavigation in 2005.
The 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race starts in October in Alicante, Spain. At nearly 45,000 nautical miles, the route is the longest in the 44-year history of the event that was born as the Whitbread in 1973. And with many more miles in the Southern Ocean as the previous editions, this will likely be the toughest VOR yet. We spoke with Turner about what’s in store for the 2017-18 edition.Read more
The Volvo Ocean Race has announced that the next stopover in Newport, RI will take place May 8 -20, 2018. It was also announced that the boats will leave Newport for a first-time stopover in Cardiff, Wales.
The Volvo Ocean Race Newport Village will feature attractions for sailors and sailing fans of all ages. © Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18Read more
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, Darien CT, 7-9pm
Get the inside scoop on what it’s like to race a 65footer for 39,000 miles around the world from Charlie Enright, the youngest skipper in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race.
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Volvo Ocean Race to Sail Back into Rhode Island for Only North American Stop in May 2018
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (October 30, 2015) - Governor Gina M. Raimondo, in partnership with Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Paiva Weed, joined Volvo Ocean Race and Sail Newport today to announce the return of the Volvo Ocean Race to Newport in 2018. Rhode Island will again be the only North American stopover port for the grand prix sailing event.Read more
- Parisian Patrick is Virtual Regatta champion
- IWC timepiece is reward for hours of dedication
ALICANTE, Spain, July 7 – If you think Ian Walker has reason to celebrate after beating six other skippers to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, then imagine how Patrick Babin feels right now – he defeated more than 200,000 rivals to win the official virtual game version of the nine-month marathon.
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By Megan Gimple
Editor’s note: The MudRatz ECSA Opti Race Team was created with the support of the Eastern Connecticut Sailing Association (ECSA) and the Mystic River Mudhead Sailing Association to help enthusiastic Optimist sailors in eastern Connecticut develop and improve their sailing and racing skills. In May, the team traveled to Newport, RI for the stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. MudRatz Megan Gimple, Lily Flack, Kristen Healy and Stewart Gurnell fleet raced and team raced in the VOR Academy, met the race teams and toured their Volvo Ocean 65s, and went for a ride on a high performance Marstrom 32 catamaran.Read more
Walker re-lives the battles that turned him into a champ
GOTHENBURG, Sweden, June 23 – Ian Walker, freshly crowned winning skipper of the Volvo Ocean Race, woke up this morning with the familiar feeling to all sailors in the nine-month offshore marathon: How on earth do I follow that?