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Alicante, home of the Volvo Ocean Race
The world’s hardest sailing competition departured from the port of Alicante for the third consecutive year. The seven intrepid vessels of Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 hoist the sails in the warm waters of the Costa Blanca last 5th November. As before, the whole city will support the crews participants who will cover more than 39,000 nautical miles to reach the goal located in the Irish town of Galway, where they are expected to arrive in early July 2012.
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- Starts: 01/10/2014
- Ends: 27/06/2015
During these nine months, the boats of the Volvo Ocean Race will sail some of the world's most dangerous seas, through a tour that includes stops in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya and Auckland, before circumnavigating Cape Horn to move forward in the direction of Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient.
The Race Village
The big moment was expected by everybody, in fact, the departure of the boats to an uncertain future, but the direction of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 started to carve out a week before in the Race Village in Alicante port. Conceived as a free access area for the public, the Race Village offered an intense program for all ages around the sea, sailing and ocean racing.
Another crucial moment of this competition was an In-Port Race, a tactic and spectacular race in front of the coast of Alicante that decided the first leader of this year.
The race Pro-Am was taken place last 30th October, a similar format to the In-Port but with the presence of guests on board. And from 1st to 4th November, it was celebrated the first meeting of boats and sailors who have participated in the 38-year history of the competition.
In addition to the many activities planned, facilities will have thematic pavilions, shops, restaurants, playground, workshops, ... Moreover, visitors could approach the race boats, the Volvo Open 70, the fastest sailing monohull of the world, and compare boats of past editions, set out in the harbour.
5th November, the day of departure
The output of the first stage links Alicante with the South African port of Cape Town in a route of 6,500 nautical miles (12,038 kilometres). Each of the participating boats with a crew consisting of 11 professionals that will test their skill, stamina and competitive spirit when they face day and night in stages that sometimes last more than 20 days.
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