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The Race

  • 2011-12 – Closest race in history

    The last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, won by Groupama in their first ever appearance, was characterised by some of the closest racing in 40 years of competition. The boats had never been more evenly matched across a range of conditions and teams with the world’s best sailors kept up fierce competition for 40,000 nautical miles. Read more

  • Facebook fans were asked to choose, unprompted, three words that best describe the Volvo Ocean Race to them. The word cloud is based on their responses. The larger the word, the more mentions it received.
    2011-12 – The Race in numbers

    In October 2012, race organisers released the End of Race Report, giving an in-depth view of the impact of this epic round-the-world adventure. Read more

  • Sailing Club Nautico from Alicante, Costa Blanca win the optimist academy racing in the Alicante race village.
    Volvo Ocean Race Academy

    The Volvo Ocean Race’s long established commitment to youth sailing worldwide continued in 2011-12 with the Volvo Ocean Race Academy and more initiatives will be introduced to build on this legacy in future editions of the race.Read more

  • PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, skippered by Ken Read from the USA leads the fleet of Volvo Open 70's, at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)
    A beginner's guide

    The Volvo Ocean Race began life in 1973 and remains sailing's pre-eminent round-the-world yacht race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport.Read more

  • The spectacular new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy 

The trophy, which stands 70cm high and weighs nine kil
    Volvo Ocean Race Trophy

    The only reward for victory in the Volvo Ocean Race is the spectacular trophy.Read more

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