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A beginner's guide

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.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the leading round-the-world yacht race for teams, with a series of stops that give fans the chance to see the boats up close and experience the spectacular In-Port Race series.

Scoring for the 12th edition of the Race in 2014-15 has not yet been finalised but the honours will be awarded based on points won on the individual stages rather than on total elapsed time. That has been the case ever since the seventh edition in 1997-98 and it means teams can still challenge for victory even if they are forced out of one or more of the legs. Final details on the scoring system will be published soon in the amended Notice of Race.

Find out more about the history of the race here, get latest info on our ports and route here, and stay up-do-date on race progress by following us on Facebook, Twitter or checking out the news section of our site here.



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PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race

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)