It was designed to add a tactical dimension to the race, whereby a team might opt to make a break from the fleet without the rest of the competitors knowing what they are doing and where they are on the race track. So what are the hurdles? The route also included seven ‘scoring gates’ (at Fernando de Noronha, Mauritius, Pulau Weh, Indonesia, Latitude 36S, Cape Horn, Fernando de Noronha and St John's, Newfoundland). We're going back to our roots with three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as in recent editions. Since 1973, winning the Race has been an obsession for the world's best sailors – Olympic champions, record breakers and pioneers. Leg 6. During the nine months of the 2011–12 Volvo Ocean Race, which started in Alicante, Spain in October 2011 and concluded in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012, the teams were scheduled to sail over 39,000 nmi (72,000 km) of the world's most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, around Cape Horn to Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon, and Lorient.  The 2008–09 route covered nearly 39,000 nmi (72,000 km), took over nine months to complete, and reached a cumulative TV audience of 2 billion people worldwide.. This edition of The Ocean Race is also reaching beyond sport - with the support of Premier Partner 11th Hour Racing and Race Partner Bluewater, sustainability initiatives have been embraced into all aspects of The Ocean Race.
“This route is more compact at 38,000 nautical miles and with two less stopovers compared with the last race but it includes two significant Southern Ocean legs, where crews on both the IMOCA 60s and the VO65s will have an opportunity to add their stories to the legend of this race.”.
 Figures released the following November suggested the total was just under €56 million. Building on a legacy from the last edition, The Ocean Race 2021-22 will feature a new series of The Ocean Race Summits (the first took place in Genoa, Italy in September of 2019), an expanded version of its award-winning learning curriculum for schools, and a robust science and data programme. The ploy can first be used on leg one, leg two, leg five, leg six and leg seven. As in the previous editions the 2014–15 Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain on October 11. Leg 2.
 The race took ten days to complete, ending on 22 December 2008. Stopover ports were added in Germany, France, and Sweden being Volvo's three biggest car markets in Europe. Next edition to visit 10 iconic cities around the world. The race, which began in 1973, will kick off from the Spanish city of Alicante with a 700-nm sprint through the Mediterranean to Portugal’s capital city, Lisbon. , Puma won leg nine of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race from Marstrand to Stockholm in Sweden, their first win in the race. “It has long been my dream to compete in The Ocean Race and test myself against the best sailors in one of the most challenging races in the sport.”. Paul Meilhat, the winner of the 2018 Route du Rhum and the current leader of the IMOCA sailor rankings, is among those looking to make the transition.  The teams then travelled up into the North Sea until arrival at the Baltic Sea. , Ericsson 4 won leg eight of the 2008–09 Volvo Ocean Race from Galway to Marstrand in Sweden in a time of 12 hours and 57 minutes, their third consecutive victory and fifth overall Puma finished in second place and Green Dragon finished in third place. Leg 3.  Green Dragon finished in third position, whilst Telefonica Blue finished in fourth place.  The route for the 2008–2009 race was altered from previous years to include stopovers in India and Asia for the first time. The Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. Seven boats took part in the race and made ten stops in nine countries. Since the 2008–2009 race there has also been a dedicated media crew member called the On Board Reporter (OBR), who does not contribute to the sailing of the boat, but is responsible for sending images and video to race headquarters via satellite from the middle of the ocean. The boats covered 37,000 nautical miles (69,000 km) in the course of their journey.
The third place for Ericsson 4 was enough for the team to also win the overall race at this point, leading to comparisons with the victor of the previous race, Mike Sanderson and ABN AMRO One, who won at the end of leg seven in Portsmouth, England, in 2006. The Ocean Race is a yacht race around the world, held every three or four years since 1973. All rights reserved. The most recent race, the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain, and concluded in The Hague, Netherlands, with stopovers in Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg.
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