The race that takes sailors around the world on sailing boats, the Volvo Ocean Race, starts from Alicante, Spain in 2017. After sailing about 45 000 nautical miles (mind-blowing 83 300 kilometers, or 51 700 miles) those teams who have survived the entire journey arrive in Hague, Netherlands by the end of June 2018.
The race consists of 11 legs between 12 host cities along the route. The departure port in 2017 is in Alicante on the popular Costa Blanca tourist region of Spain. The first leg ends in Lisbon, Portugal. It is followed by a leg to Cape Town, South Africa; Melbourne, Australia; Guangzhou, China; Hong Kong; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajai, Brazil; Newport, USA; Cardiff, Wales; Gothenburg, Sweden; and finally, Hague, Netherlands.
The actual race starts on October 22nd, but the boats and the teams arrived in the port a couple of weeks earlier to make final adjustments and practice team work on board out on the sea. The first official race was sailed outside the Alicante port on October 14th, drawing thousands of spectators to the shores of the city.
People are enjoying the October sun at the beach in the center of Alicante, and following the Volvo Ocean Race.
The race also welcomes visitors to a race village which is built at each host city’s port. In the race village, spectators can get close to the boats and perhaps team members as well. Each team also has its own booth where they can showcase their boat, team, and products that the sponsors want to show to the world.
Team AkzoNobel: finished on podium in 2014-15.
Dongfeng Race Team from China.
Mapfre, a Spanish insurance company.
Vestas 11th Hour Racing: promotes a sustainable message across the world.
Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag from Hong Kong: promotes sailing.
Team Turn the Tide on Plastic.
Team Brunel: a consortium of Dutch companies including Brunel, Abel, Royal Huisman and EY Team Brunel.
View a video clip of the Volvo Ocean Race boats sailing at the Alicante port: