Please select your home edition
Edition
Newport Boat Show 728x90

Volvo Ocean Race - Full route for 2014/15 race is announced

by Volvo Ocean Race on 8 Apr 2013
The fleet downwind in the Bretagne In-Port Race, in Lorient, France, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com

The French city of Lorient will return as the penultimate stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for the 12th edition in 2014-15, completing a route that will test the world's best professional sailors to the limit in a race around the world lasting almost nine months and 40,000 nautical miles.

The Race will start on October 4 2014, day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo. The total course distance will be 39,895 nautical miles – the equivalent to 45,910 miles or 73,886 kilometres – and will see the sailors tackle an extra Southern Ocean leg between Recife in Brazil and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates in their brand new Volvo Ocean 65 boats.

Race CEO Knut Frostad said: 'We have a route which we are sure will appeal to every serious offshore sailor, full of super-fast, challenging conditions. The Southern Ocean leg from Recife to Abu Dhabi is the most diverse ever presented in the Race and will contribute to what could turn out to be the toughest Race in our 40-year history.'

Lorient will be the penultimate Host Port along the route and will come immediately after Lisbon, as it did in the last edition, and before the grand finale, which this time will be in Gothenburg.

The full route will see the teams sail their newly constructed boats from the Race's home in Alicante, Spain to Recife on the north east tip of Brazil over 3,421 nm. From there, the teams will sail the longest leg of the race, making their first dive into the Southern Ocean on their way to Abu Dhabi (9,707 nautical miles) before heading to Sanya in China (4,670 nm).

As in the last race, the boats will sail from Sanya to Auckland, New Zealand (5,264 nm). From the City of Sails they will leave for Itajaí in Brazil (6,776 nm) before going north to Newport, Rhode Island in the United States (5,010 nm). The teams will then cross the Atlantic to Lisbon (2,800 nm) and stop in Lorient (647 nm) before the sprint to the finish around the British Isles to Gothenburg (1,600 nm).

Lorient, the Breton city on the west coast of France, hosted the Race for the first time in 2011-12 and provided an incredible spectacle for fans. French team Groupama sailed into Lorient as winners of the penultimate leg from Lisbon and had another emotional success in the In-Port Race. The team skippered by Franck Cammas went on to seal their debut victory in the Volvo Ocean Race at the finish line in Galway.

'Lorient is France's sailing capital and the response we had during the last Race was phenomenal,' said Race CEO Frostad. 'It will be a real pleasure to come back to this stunning part of the world, where the people are so knowledgeable about the sport and the whole set-up suits the Race so perfectly. Lorient will be a real highlight on the route.'

Frostad described the route as 'an immense challenge' for sailors.

'The leg from Recife to Abu Dhabi will be one of the most interesting, diverse and difficult ever sailed in this Race,' Frostad said. 'There then follows an incredibly challenging section of the race on the way around Cape Horn before a long overdue visit to Newport and a trip back across the Atlantic to a fantastic three-stop European finish.

'From brand new ports like Recife to now familiar stops such as Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Itajaí, Lisbon and Lorient, and classic sailing cities such as Auckland and Newport, this route gives just about the perfect mix of old and new. Add to that the start in Alicante and a mid-summer finish in Gothenburg, my only regret is that I'm not sailing the route myself.'





2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race route details in full:

Alicante:
In-Port Race: October 4, 2014
Leg Start: October 11, 2014
Leg Distance to Recife: 3,421 nm

Recife:
In-Port Race: November 8, 2014
Leg Start: November 9, 2014
Leg Distance to Abu Dhabi: 9,707 nm

Abu Dhabi:
In-Port Race: January 2, 2015
Leg Start: January 3, 2015
Leg Distance to Sanya: 4,670 nm

Sanya:
In-Port Race: February 7, 2015
Leg Start: February 8, 2015
Leg Distance to Auckland: 5,264 nm

Auckland:
In-Port Race: March 14, 2015
Leg Start: March 15, 2015
Leg Distance to Itajaí: 6,776 nm

Itajaí:
In-Port Race: April 18, 2015
Leg Start: April 19, 2015
Leg Distance to Newport: 5,010 nm

Newport:
In-Port Race: May 16, 2015
Leg Start: May 17, 2015
Leg Distance to Lisbon: 2,800 nm

Lisbon:
In-Port Race: June 6, 2015
Leg Start: June 7, 2015
Leg Distance to Lorient: 647 nm

Lorient:
In-Port Race: to be decided
Leg Start: to be decided
Leg Distance to Gothenburg: 1,600 nm

Gothenburg:
In-Port Race: June 27, 2015
Total Race Distance: 39,895 nautical miles

Newport Boat Show 2016 660x82Naiad/Oracle SupplierT Clewring One Design

Related Articles

Volvo Ocean Race- Team Vestas Wind emerges into the sunlight
First images of the Chris Nicholson skippered Team Vestas Wind, as she emerges from the paint and fit out facility First images of the Chris Nicholson skippered Team Vestas Wind, as she emerges from the paint and fit out facility in Southampton, England. Launch date is set for August 21, 2014
Posted on 15 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Nicholson in race against time with latest entry
'It doesn't take very long to explain the timeline we are on with this campaign,' says Chris Nicholson 'It doesn't take very long to explain the timeline we are on with this campaign,' says Chris Nicholson skipper of the seventh entry in the Volvo Ocean Race. 'That's because there's very little time between now and the race start!'
Posted on 12 Aug 2014
Volvo Ocean Race- Team SCA has a 'pull through day' off the Canaries
Team SCA is the first all-female crew to enter the race in more than a decade. Here's the team's latest blog Team Alvimedica and Team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing have completed their second Trans-Atlantic crossings, and in the Canary Islands, Team SCA, Team Brunel, and Team Campos are engaged in the Around Canary Island Race - a 650nm trip around the Canary Islands. Here's Team SCA's latest blog from the Around Canary Island Race:
Posted on 21 Jul 2014
Photos of a day out in Newport with VOR's Dongfeng Race Team
A day out in Newport, RI with VOR's Dongfeng Race Team before they make their first transatlantic crossing. A day out in Newport, RI with VOR's Dongfeng Race Team before they make their first transatlantic crossing.
Posted on 28 May 2014
2014 Volvo Ocean Race - Team SCA Sophie Ciszek's world
2014 Volvo Ocean Race - She calls from the media station inside the boat, a dark corner at the back of Team SCA’s Volvo 2014 Volvo Ocean Race - Hold on tight and clip on with your harness. Keep your head down! Your hair, your gear, everything - you’ll be completely drenched. You’re at the bow of Team SCA with Sophie Ciszek.
Posted on 24 May 2014
Volvo Ocean Race - Maersk Line named shipping partner
The world's largest shipping company, Maersk Line, has been revealed as the Volvo Ocean Race’s shipping partner. The world's largest shipping company, Maersk Line, has been revealed as the Volvo Ocean Race’s shipping partner for the 2014-15 edition starting in October with the challenge of keeping offshore sailing’s toughest global event on track in over 10 countries, four continents and five oceans.
Posted on 15 Apr 2014
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - In Southampton, UK Team Alvimedica launched their new Volvo Ocean 65 boat Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - In Southampton, UK Team Alvimedica launched their new Volvo Ocean 65 boat on Friday to herald six months of crew selections and hard training before the start of the race in October.
Posted on 11 Apr 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - New skipper for Dongfeng Team
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Caudrelier is no stranger to round-the-world 38,739-mile marathon Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Caudrelier is no stranger to the round-the-world 38,739-mile marathon as a key figure of the winning French team Groupama in 2011-12. Announced as skipper of Dongfeng Race Team at the official christening this Wednesday in Sanya, he understands what it means to guide a team through the next edition.
Posted on 26 Feb 2014
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 -Nick Bice on the Build and the Boatyard
Sail-World caught up with Nick Bice (AUS) to learn more about the VOR's new format and about the new Volvo Ocean 65s. Few things are finer in life than discovering your passions and then finding a way to support yourself doing the things that you love most. For Australian Nick Bice, 36, the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) has long been his passion and his profession. Sail-World caught up with Bice to learn more about his VOR gig, the race's new format and about the changes to the design, build and upkeep of the VO 65s.
Posted on 3 Dec 2013
Volvo Ocean Race- Sam Davies realises her childhood dream
Taking the start line in the Volvo Ocean Race will surpass the wildest childhood dreams of Sam Davies, Taking the start line in the Volvo Ocean Race will surpass the wildest childhood dreams of Sam Davies, who was so in awe of the race she didn't dare imagine that one day she might get the chance to compete in it herself. When Davies was a child she used to watch the starts and finishes of what was then the Whitbread Round the World Race from her parents' boat on the Solent.
Posted on 10 Oct 2013