Fireworks, parachutes and the blessing of the fleet will bring the Alicante Race Village to life today, while the visit of Spain's Crown Prince Felipe will see the six boats off on the first of the round-the-world legs in fitting style.
"Eight parachutists will jump from sky and land on a special floating pontoon in the port at about 1140"
The village will open at 1000 local time, giving spectators an opportunity to watch the six teams make last minute adjustments ahead of the race start, at 1400 (1300 GMT/UTC).
The 16 yachts that competed in the inaugural Volvo Ocean Race Legends Regatta and Reunion will depart the dock between 1015 and 1055 local time.
The rousing skippers and crew parade will begin at 1120 to the inspiring tunes of the individual team songs. Family and friends will await their loved ones on the dock, before the traditional “kiss and cry” goodbyes begin.
Not all attention will be on the dock, with eight parachutists to jump from sky and land on a special floating pontoon in the port at about 1140.
The official blessing of the fleet will begin at 1155, with Prince Felipe due to step on board Telefónica at 1200. The Prince, a keen sailor, visited the Volvo Ocean Race with his wife Letizia when the Princess of Asturias was named godmother to Telefónica last month.
Team Telefónica will depart first on Saturday, followed by Groupama sailing team, Team Sanya, CAMPER Emirates Team New Zealand, PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG and finally Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.
In true Alicante style a fireworks show will create a colourful conclusion to the departures at about 1230.
All the action of the leg start will be streamed live via the Livestream service from 1345 local time, go to http://new.livestream.com/volvooceanrace.
The warning signal will sound at 1350, ahead of the race start at 1400. The fleet will race a short and punchy inshore course around Alicante Bay before setting off on the 6,500 nautical mile sprint to Cape Town, South Africa.
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