Alicante - Cape Town - Abu Dhabi - Sanya - Auckland - Itajaí - Newport - Lisbon - Lorient - The Hague (pit-stop) - Gothenburg
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
|Farr Yacht Design – Volvo Ocean 65
- The race was the first to use the new One Design class, the Volvo Ocean 65
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing skipper Ian Walker became the first British skipper to win the race.
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing became the first team to win the double – securing both the overall trophy and the In-Port Race Series.
- Team Vestas Wind grounded on shoals during Leg 2, some 200nm from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. The incident sparked a race against time to get the boat fixed and return to the race, which they eventually did ahead of Leg 8.
- Dongfeng Race Team took to the start line as underdogs, featuring several rookie Chinese crew, but were the surprise package of the edition, finishing on the podium.
- Team SCA, led by Samantha Davies, was the first all-female team in 12 years – and won a hat-trick of In-Port Races, as well as an historic finish into Lorient.
- Charlie Enright and Mark Towill, leaders of Team Alvimedica, completed their first Volvo Ocean Races.
- Dongfeng Race Team dismasted just miles from Cape Horn on Leg 5 – and were forced to suspend racing. They stopped in nearby Ushuaia and then motored on to Itajaí where they were fitted with a new rig.
- Cyclone Pam forced the fleet to restart a day later than planned from Auckland, with winds of over 200mph causing chaos in the region.
- Team SCA’s Sophie Ciszek scooped the Hans Horrevoets Rookie Award after an impressive debut race.
|Podium positions (on points)|
|Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing 24 points
Team Brunel 29 points
Dongfeng Race Team 33 points
|Alicante - Cape Town
Cape Town - Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi - Sanya
Sanya - Auckland
Auckland - Itajaí
Itajaí - Newport
Newport - Lisbon
Lisbon - Lorient
Lorient - Gothenburg
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing