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The Ultimate Test


Leg One of the 2017-2018 Volvo Ocean Race kicked off on Sunday, with seven teams sprinting 1450 nautical miles out of the bay of Alicante, Spain. Fighting for every meter, the fleet got underway with 15-20 knot breezes while being cheered by hundreds of spectators.

Expected to arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, by Oct. 28, the teams will be tested during their voyage by weather conditions that can vary from light breezes to storm force winds, as well as navigational challenges such as the Straits of Gibraltar, which has a strong current running through a very busy eight-mile wide channel.

This video from the Volvo Ocean Race shows highlights of the team’s departure from Alicante during Leg One:

During Leg 2, the teams will depart Lisbon on Nov. 5 and sail approximately 7,000 nautical miles to Cape Town, South Africa. The race will visit 12 cities in 6 continents in total, finishing in The Hague, Netherlands on June 30, 2018. You can track the teams and learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race by visiting



Are You Ready?

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.


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

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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


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.


Extreme Sailing

The ferocious Southern Ocean can bring the best sailors to their knees. Watch as crewmembers aboard a Volvo Ocean 65 struggle to maintain control of their boat as they blast through heavy seas on a reach.


VIDEO: The Only Way To Cross

Before she was sunk by a German torpedo in 1915, Lusitania was one of the grandest and fastest passenger ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean. This video has more. WATCH.


VIDEO: Skype Founder Brings Electric Propulsion To Yacht Racing

Two competitive sailors, one a billionaire, the other a yacht designer, have teamed up to create a revolutionary all-electric propulsion system for performance yachts that makes sailboat racing even greener. They want to develop the technology further, so that it can be applied to larger vessels and other boating markets. 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