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With 11 legs covering nearly 40,000 nautical miles of around-the-globe racing, the Volvo Ocean Race is one of the longest and toughest professional sporting events in the world. Teams spend countless hours preparing their boats and crew members for the big day when racing begins.

Part of that preparation started in August when the teams competed against each other in the Around the Island Race. The crews experienced 40-knot winds that provided thrilling racing conditions. A helicopter was on scene to capture this thrilling video of the boats sailing around the Isle of Wight:

The 2017-2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race officially begins on October 22 from Alicante, Spain. On October 8, seven teams departed from Lisbon, Portugal, for the phase-zero leg of the race called the Prologue. It’s a non-scored race that delivers fleet to the official starting point in Alicante. The fleet is expected to complete the approximately 680-mile journey later this week. Crews will then prepare for the October 14 in-port race, which is followed by the official October 22 start. The first leg is from Alicante to Lisbon. Leg two is from Lisbon to Cape Town, South Africa.

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The Ultimate Test

Seven of the world’s best sailing teams are powering around the globe in an intense competition: the Volvo Ocean Race. WATCH.


A Close Shave

Fans at the start of the Volvo Ocean Race get up close and personal with Turn the Tide on Plastic as her crew narrowly avoids a collision with a spectator vessel. WATCH


Volvo Ocean Race Rolls into Newport, Rhode Island

The seven Volvo Ocean 65s that set sail from Itajaí, Brazil, on April 22 are nearing the finish line in Newport, Rhode Island. Find out who won, and how the rest of the fleet finished, by reading here.

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How Drones Cover The Volvo Ocean Race

Drones have completely changed the way the Volvo Ocean Race is covered. This Volvo Ocean Race drone video compilation shows footage that was unattainable in the pre-drone era and is worth a look. WATCH

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For those boat operators who do not relish the thought of docking a yacht, Volvo Penta may just have invented a dream solution, advanced self-docking technology that will allow a yacht to dock itself. WATCH


VIDEO: Idle Hands Are The Devil’s Scrimshaw

To stay occupied on years-long voyages at sea, sailors aboard 19th-century whaling ships would create artwork with the ivory and bones recovered from the whales they harvested. WATCH.


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