The Volvo Ocean Race is one of the most demanding and challenging ocean races in existence. The teams will competing on a nine-leg race around the world, covering over 38,000 miles of the world most challenging oceans and conditions.
The Volvo Ocean Race is the toughest ocean race in the world, Team SCA will take on the most challenging environments on the planet as they aim to become the most successful female team in the history of the race, 11 women, 1 boat = 1 Epic Challenge, here is our story of the route.
Over half of the legs last in excess of 20 days, and the crew will have to work 24 hours a day in shifts of four hours on and four hours off as they battle to win one of the greatest prizes in ocean racing. During the race the crews will experience life at the extreme: no fresh food is taken onboard so they live off freeze dried food, experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes. They will trust their lives to the boat and the skipper and experience hunger, fatigue and sleep deprivation.
The Southern Ocean legs make for fast, cold and exciting racing – but the nature of around the world sailing has changed enormously over the last 20 years. The standard of racing on the boats increases every four years – a fact not appreciated by many other sailors, let alone the general public. The route is still around the world, but is now much more difficult with more low latitude sailing where the winds are much more difficult to both predict and sail under. The new route embraces a wider public that is only just realising that sailing can be a sport – so the race is evolving with the changing political and economical landscape of the world.
The 2014 -15 route will take in eleven cities in eleven countries – Spain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, United States, Portugal, France, Netherlands and Sweden – and will require the teams to cover 38,739 nautical miles – equivalent to 44,580 miles or 71,745 kilometres. The Race will start on October 4, 2014, the 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 SCA.