Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09: To Complete in June 2009

by OldSailor on October 11, 2008



The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is finally ready to commence on October 11. The 10th edition of the Volvo Ocean race is considered as the world’s premier global race and as one of the most demanding team sporting events in the world. TV audiences around the world will be able to view the race through Inmarsat’s FleetBroadband service as each racing yacht will be equipped with seven high definition cameras, a Thrane & Thrane Sailor 500 FleetBroadband terminal.  Inmarsat and its partners Stratos and Thrane & Thrane are sponsoring the world-famous event, providing equipment and high-speed connectivity for all the yachting teams competing in this year’s race.

Here are some interesting features of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09: volvo_ocean_race_2008-09

  • to cover approximately 37,000 nautical miles
  • to complete in nine months (end June 2009)
  • to cover 11 ports in 10 offshore legs – the longest leg is of 12,300 nautical miles and the shortest leg is of 400 nautical miles
  • the first leg from Alicante (Spain) to Cape Town (South Africa) starts on October 11.
  • eight teams are participating and the teams are: Delta Lloyd, Ericsson 3, Ericsson 4, Green Dragon, Puma, Team Russia, Telefonica Black and Telefonica Blue
  • leg 1 crew list is here.
  • the race is going to be tough because the crew
    • have to survive on freeze dried food as no fresh food is taken onboard
    • have to face temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius
    • have to take only one change of clothes
    • have to trust their lives to the boat and the skipper
    • have to experience hunger and sleep deprivation

The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 schedule is here.

Leg From To Distance in NM
Leg 1 Alicante (Spain) on October 11, 2008 Cape Town (South Africa) 6,500
Leg 2 Cape Town on November 15, 2008 Cochin (Kochi,India) 4,450
Leg 3 Cochin on
December 13, 2008
Singapore 1,950
Leg 4 Singapore on
January 18, 2009
Qingdao (China) 2,500
Leg 5 Qingdao on
February 14, 2009
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 12,300
Leg 6 Rio de Janeiro on
April 11, 2009
Boston (U.S) 4,900
Leg 7 Boston on
May 16, 2009
Galway (Ireland) 2,550
Leg 8 Galway on
June 06, 2009
Marstrand (Sweden) 950
Leg 9 Marstrand on
June 14, 2009
Stockholm (Sweden) 525
Leg 10 Stockholm on
June 25, 2009
St Petersburg (Russia) 400

For the first time Cochin(Kochi), Singapore and Qingdao are stopover ports for this race.

In addition, In-Port Race would be conducted at

  • Alicante (already over on October 04)
  • Singapore on January 10, 2009
  • Qingdao on February 07, 2009
  • Rio de Janeiro on April 04, 2009
  • Boston on May 09, 2009
  • Galway on May 30, 2009
  • Stockholm on June 21, 2009

Here you play the official game – join the Virtual Volvo Ocean Race for free and be in with a chance to win a Volvo C30 or many other prizes!

Here you register to get your updates on your mobile phones.

Here is the coverage of the event by Inmarsat.

Here is the official Volvo Ocean Race Image gallery and here is the video gallery.

Interesting video clips on Volvo Ocean Race are here , here and here.

For more details on Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09, log on to Volvo Ocean Race.

Posts in MarineBuzz on this day a year before:

Bunker Spill at Singapore Terminal

Ships Asked to Avoid Whale Route

Update: October 11

Ian Walker, skipper, Green Dragon, said: “The leg from Singapore to Qingdao – I think is going to be the toughest leg of the whole race. I’m sure we get the most upwind and the coldest weather on some of the roughest seas, so it is representing a whole new challenge to both the hottest and coldest part of the race.” Read more from Channel NewsAsia.

Update: October 12

The Volvo Ocean Race has begun and there is a bigger Asian involvement this time. Read more from Channel NewsAsia.

Update: October 14

A prize purse of 20,000 Euro (US$27,500) is on offer by Inmarsat to the onboard media crew members who produce the best material throughout the nine-month Volvo Ocean Race. Read more from Inmarsat.

Also here are some photographs of Volvo Ocean Race – Leg 1from Sail World.

Update: October 17

Day 6 summary of Volvo Ocean Race is at VOR Press Information.

Update: November 02

Ericsson 4 has come first in Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race. With the win on Leg One, Ericsson 4 will pick up eight points, to climb to the top of the table with 14 scoring points accumulated so far in the race. Read more from Volvo Ocean Race.

Update: November 14

Here are the Prize winning details of Leg One. Leg two of Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to start at 1300 hours local time (1100 GMT) from Cape Town on November 15. The race from Cape Town to Kochi (Cochin) is 4,450 miles and the leader is expected to finish around December 03. Read more from Volvo Ocean Race Press.

Update: November 15

Leg two of Volvo Ocean Race has commenced. Read more from Volvo Ocean Race.

Update: December 01

Ericsson 4 racing team has won the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race, skippered by Olympic gold medallist Torben Grael of Brazil by crossing the finish line at Kochi on November 30, early morning. Read more from The Hindu Business Line.

Update: December 13

Leg three of Volvo Ocean Race has commenced from Kochi (Cochin) today. For colorful coverage, log on to Giirayachts. Volvo Ocean Race press release is here.

Update: December 24

Telefonica Blue has come first in the leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race on December 22. Delta Lloyd has finished last. Read more from Volvo Ocean Race here and here.

For further updates, log on to Volvo Ocean Race 2008/2009.

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