How to follow the race
There are plenty of ways you can follow the Volvo Ocean Race fleet around the world, whether you're on the move with a smartphone or tablet, in front of a computer or TV screen or at one of the race village stopovers.
The Volvo Ocean Race App 2011-12
For Android and iOS, this edition features a Race Tracker with multimedia geocontent, plus latest positions, weather, news, videos and emails from the boats and will be the way to keep up to date with fleet progress when you are on the move. The Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 app can be downloaded free from:
The Géovoile 2D Race Trackerwill plot the course of the fleet during the race legs, updating every three hours, showing the same weather information used by the fleet, and featuring geocontent from the boats. The tracker will be available for the start of Leg 1.
Throughout the race we’ll keep our fans posted with the latest news, content and competitions – become a fan and share with your friends.
- Volvo Ocean Race http://www.facebook.com/pages/Volvo-Ocean-Race/137241232436
- Volvo Ocean Race Academy http://www.facebook.com/volvooceanraceacademy
We’ll also keep you updated on our twitter feed
- follow @volvo_oceanrace for regular race updates.
Along with the live events, you can also watch and share latest videos produced from footage coming straight from the boats via Inmarsat satellite, giving a unique taste of life on board from the race fleet, all our TV shows, and you can check out our Volvo Ocean Race and Whitbread archive youtube.com/volvooceanracevideos.
WATCH LIVE: Live streaming
All the action of in-port racing and leg starts will be streamed through your browser with enhanced 3D graphics via the New Livestream service. New Livestream starts at 1345 local time (0945 UTC) for the second in-port race in Abu Dhabi on Friday January 13 and at the same time the following day for the start of the first stage of Leg 3 to Sanya, China.
You can also watch the in-port race and leg start
- on our home page www.volvooceanrace.com
- on the LIVE section of our YouTube channel, youtube.com/volvooceanracevideos
- Streaming begins five minutes before the 10-minute warning signal.
New Livestream is also showcasing raw content from the boats throughout the race. Each team has its own channel with the latest photos, videos and texts from the racecourse.
For in-port racing and leg starts, the Volvo Ocean Race team will be sending up to the minute reports to our ScribbleLive blog from dockside, out on the racecourse and from Race HQ. You can join the conversation on the blog, which begins up to two hours before the event starts and can be seen on the Volvo Ocean Race homepage.
View archive 2011-12 ScribbleLive blogs at: live.volvooceanrace.com
Live race tracker
During in-port racing, the VirtualEye 3D Interactive Raceviewer will be available on the home page during the live stream, and you will be able to go back over the action of each race in the archive. This programme requires the installation of the Unity plugin.
Our list of broadcasters is growing every week, and you can check whether your local station will have live coverage on our TV Broadcasters listing under TV Schedule in the Fan Zone, or check your local TV listings.
We have a full menu of 43 hours of programming available including the live in-port races and leg starts and taped highlights shows.
Our series of nine one-hour documentaries from each of the offshore legs will focus on the human drama, strategy and head-to-head racing on the open seas as the crews push their Volvo Open 70s to the limit to win crucial points on each leg.
13 half-hour highlight shows of the leg starts and in-port races will provide a fast-paced summary of the weekend’s action in each host port.
Our weekly podcasts feature news, interviews and a roundup of the week's happenings. Go to the podcast page here. Also subscribe to the vodcast - daily highlight during racing, vist itunes and search for Volvo Ocean Race.
The Volvo Ocean Race Game
More than 220,000 players took part in the previous edition of our virtual race and this time it will be bigger, faster, more engaging and more addictive than ever. Improvements include more accurate wind data, new polars based on the Volvo Open 70 rule, features like auto-sail, auto-angle and waypoints, and an app for Android and iOS. The game will also be playable on Facebook, and we have some great prizes. Register now on www.volvooceanracegame.com.
Live on site
The best way to follow the Volvo Ocean Race is to visit one of the host ports. Check out the port page HERE for a full schedule and details on how to visit us.The next stopover is Galway, Ireland with the race village open from June 30 - July 8, 2012.
Download the schedule here: