Volvo Ocean Race is under way

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As opposed to previous years where the boat with the biggest budget usually took line honors, the 2011-12 edition is wide open with six fully-funded boats all in with a chance of ocean glory.

“It used to be that the race had already been won three months before the start, but I think this race is different," event chief executive Knut Frostad said.

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