The Volvo Ocean Race’s position as a truly global, major sporting event has never been so apparent.
In the 2014-15 edition, our boats made 11 stops across five continents, with over 2.4 million visitors entering the Race Villages around the world.
There were the old favourites – Cape Town, Auckland, Lisbon – and some new experiences, such as Newport and The Hague.
Needless to say, the route was a great success, and that’s why we’ve already confirmed stopovers in the following cities for the 2017-18 edition:
Alicante Race Village opens – 11 October 2017
Alicante In-Port Race – 14 October 2017
Leg 1 Start – 22 October 2017
Lisbon In-Port Race – 28 October 2017
Leg 2 Start – 5 November 2017
Cape Town In-Port Race – 8 December 2017
Leg 3 Start – 10 December 2017
Melbourne Leg 4 Start – 2 January 2018
Hong Kong In-Port Race – 27 January 2018
Guangzhou In-Port Race – 4 February 2018
Leg 5 Start – 7 February 2018
Auckland In-Port Race – 10 March 2018
Leg 6 Start – 18 March 2018
Itajaí In-Port Race – 20 April 2018
Leg 7 Start – 22 April 2018
Newport In-Port Race – 19 May 2018
Leg 8 Start – 20 May 2018
Cardiff In-Port Race – 8 June 2018
Leg 9 Start – 10 June 2018
Gothenburg In-Port Race – 17 June 2018
Leg 10 Start – 21 June 2018
The Hague In-Port Race – 30 June 2018
The Volvo Ocean Race began life as the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973.
Over 12 editions and more than 40 years, it has established a reputation as the world’s pre-eminent offshore sailing race and one of the toughest adventures on the planet.
Seven teams of professional sailors contested the most recent edition in 2014-15. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, emerged triumphant in a race that took the sailors 40,000 nautical miles around the world over nine months.
The next edition will be held in 2017-18, starting from the race’s home port of Alicante and finishing in The Hague.
Alicante will remain the home port for the Volvo Ocean Race for 2017-18 and for the next two additions of the event.
The route will feature almost three times as much racing in the Southern Ocean as the two most recent editions.
For the second race in succession, the teams will compete in identical Volvo Ocean 65 racing yachts, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States.
The 65-foot (19.8 metre) monohull race boat is strictly one-design and delivered ready to sail.
The boats incorporate the latest video, satellite and content production facilities to enhance the Onboard Reporter programme that has been in place since 2008-09.
The recruitment campaign for OBRs in 2017-18 is open until July 15. More details here: if.volvooceanrace.com.
About the Volvo Ocean Race
The 2014-15 edition was won by Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Briton Ian Walker. Team Brunel (Netherlands) finished second and Dongfeng Race Team (China) third. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing also won the In-Port Race Series.
This was the 12th running of the 40-year-old event, which started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race.
The 13th edition of the race will be held in 2017-18, starting in October 2017.
The race started on October 4, 2014, with the first In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain, and finished with one last In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo.
The 38,739-nautical mile route included stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France). A 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague was staged between France and Sweden.
The next edition in 2017-18 will also be contested in a new high-performance boat, the Volvo Ocean 65, designed by Farr Yacht Design in the United States.
The new 65-foot (19.8-metre) monohull racing boats are strictly one-design and delivered “ready to sail”. The boats incorporate the latest video, satellite and content production facilities to further enhance the Onboard Reporter programme that has been in place since 2008-09.
Seven teams contested the 12th edition. The all-female Team SCA were the first all-women's team to compete in the race since 2001-02. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing were once again skippered by Britain's twice-Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker. Dongfeng Race Team came from China and were backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle. Team Brunel from the Netherlands were skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking. Team Alvimedica with a double flag (Turkey/USA) were headed by Rhode Island's Charlie Enright. A Spanish team were announced in June 2014 and was backed by insurance giant MAPFRE. Denmark's Team Vestas was the final boat to be announced in August. Chris Nicholson was skipper.
The previous Volvo Ocean Race started in October 2011 in Alicante and was won by Groupama sailing team, skippered by Frenchman Franck Cammas, in July 2012.
08.03.2017 - Team AkzoNobel to race brand new Volvo Ocean 65 in Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18
07.03.2017 - Vendée Globe star Jérémie Beyou takes on Volvo Ocean Race
24.02.2017 - Cool drone footage of Dongfeng Race Team on the water
03.02.2017 - Legends Race to celebrate Volvo Ocean Race history in 2017-18
31.01.2017 - MAPFRE back for another Volvo Ocean Race challenge in 2017-18
27.01.2017 - Dongfeng Race Team become first team to take delivery of their newly-refitted Volvo Ocean 65
27.01.2017 - Volvo Ocean Race announces Melbourne, Australia as extra stop and confirms all 2017-8 race dates
21.11.2016 - Inmarsat selected as the Volvo Ocean Race’s Global Satellite Communications Partner
07.11.2016 - China is back in the Volvo Ocean Race
21.10.2016 - The countdown is on
19.10.2016 - Volvo Ocean 65s to feature new hydropower units
17.10.2016 - VOR adds Fastnet Race, qualifying schedule
14.10.2016 - M32 catamarans for guest sailing in eight Host Cities
11.10.2016 - Rule change gives sailors chance
10.10.2016 - Volvo Ocean Race changes rules
05.10.2016 - Volvo Ocean Race begins unique refit process in Lisbon
05.07.2016 - VOR announces Team AkzoNobel as first
29.06.2016 - Returning to its Southern Ocean roots
27.06.2016 - Mark Turner discusses the new race route
11.05.2016 - Alicante agrees deal to keep VOR for two more editions
10.05.2016 - Lisbon gives double boost to Volvo Ocean Race
13.04.2016 - Hong Kong to host stopover in 2017-18 race
23.03.2015 - A race to The Hague
03.03.2015 - Stand by for Atlantic thriller to Cardiff
02.11.2015 - The Volvo Ocean Race’s position
Alicante bei Nacht
Ainhoa Sanchez / VOR
Ainhoa Sanchez / VOR
Racevillage in Alicante auch in Zukunft
Lissabon ist Zielhafen Leg1
Ainhoa Sanchez / VOR
Hongkong wird erstmals VOR-Gasthafen
Power Sport Images
Anna-Lena Elled / Team SCA / Volvo Ocean Race
Qualifying am Fastnetrock
VOR im Sturm