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Are you new to the Volvo Ocean Race? Got a question about the next edition, when it starts or where we're going? Want to experience the race for yourself? Check out our factbox on the 12th edition of the world's greatest sporting and human adventure.

What is the Volvo Ocean Race? For almost 40 years, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test in sailing, providing human drama and sporting excitement on a scale like no other. For more information on the history of the race and the great sailors who have appeared in it, click HERE.

When is the next edition? The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014. The race will last around nine months, finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden with a final in-port race on June 27, 2015. For an easy-to-read table with exact dates, click HERE.

What is the route? To see a cool animation of the route, click HERE. The route map is available HERE.

Where can I learn about the sailors? Five teams have been announced so far. The all-female Team SCA are the first all-women's team to compete in the race since 2001-02. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing are once again skippered Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker. Dongfeng Race Team come from China and are backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle. Team Brunel from the Netherlands are skippered by race veteran Bouwe Bekking. Team Alvimedica with a double flag Turkey/USA are the latest to confirm participation. The youth challenge will be lead by All American Ocean Racing. More teams will be announced in the coming months.

Tell me about the boat: The new one-design Volvo Ocean 65 is the boat that will be used for the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. There is a whole section about this radical, high-performance, world-class, tough, affordable boat HERE.

What are the rules? You can find the official Notice of Race and Class Rule for the Volvo Ocean 65 HERE.

How do I contact the Volvo Ocean Race? Whatever your needs, try contacting one of the people in this list HERE

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Team SCA are pictured blast reaching during a training session in Lanzarote ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Britain's Sam Davies is at the helm.

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Graphic rendering of the new Volvo Ocean 65

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Graphic rendering of the new Volvo Ocean 65

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Official route of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15