The Volvo Ocean Race on Monday unveiled the full route for the 12th edition of sailing’s premier round-the-world race, to take place in 2014-15. The route will take in 10 cities in nine countries – Spain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, United States, Portugal, France and Sweden – and will require the teams to cover almost 40,000 nautical miles over nearly nine months of racing.
The total course distance will consist of 39,895 nautical miles – equivalent to 45,910 miles. The Race will start on October 4, 2014, day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, and finish almost nine months later with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo.
The start of the race will see the brand new Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats sail from Alicante in Spain to Recife on the north east tip of Brazil over 3,421 nm. From there, the teams will sail the longest leg of the race, making their first dive into the Southern Ocean on their way to Abu Dhabi (9,707 nm) before heading to Sanya in China (4,670 nm).
As in the last race, the boats will sail from Sanya to Auckland, New Zealand (5,264 nm). From the City of Sails they will leave for Itajaí in Brazil (6,776 nm) before going north to Newport, Rhode Island in the United States (5,010 nm). The teams will then cross the Atlantic to Lisbon (2,800 nm) and stop in Lorient (647 nm) before the final run to the finish around the British Isles to Gothenburg (1,600 nm).
“This route has never really been part of any ocean race” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. “And when you have that element there’s a new strategy, there’s a new route, there’s new weather, and there are new challenges for the sailors. That is exciting, not only for us but for the sailors because no-one can claim they’ve done this before.”
2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race details in full:
Alicante: In-Port Race: October 4, 2014
Leg Start: October 11, 2014 Leg Distance to Recife: 3,421 nm
In-Port Race: November 8, 2014
Leg Start: November 9, 2014 Leg Distance to Abu Dhabi: 9,707 nm
Abu Dhabi: In-Port Race: January 2, 2015
Leg Start: January 3, 2015 Leg Distance to Sanya: 4,670 nm
In-Port Race: February 7, 2015
Leg Start: February 8, 2015 Leg Distance to Auckland: 5,264 nm
In-Port Race: March 14, 2015
Leg Start: March 15, 2015 Leg Distance to Itajaí: 6,776 nm
In-Port Race: April 18, 2015
Leg Start: April 19, 2015 Leg Distance to Newport: 5,010 nm
In-Port Race: May 16, 2015
Leg Start: May 17, 2015 Leg Distance to Lisbon: 2,800 nm
In-Port Race: June 6, 2015
Leg Start: June 7, 2015 Leg Distance to Lorient: 647 nm
Lorient: In-Port Race: to be decided
Leg Start: to be decided Leg Distance to Gothenburg: 1,600 nm
In-Port Race: June 27, 2015
Total Race Distance: 39,895 nautical miles