Volvo Ocean Race... ready, set, go!

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04 November 2011

The latest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will begin this Saturday 5th November at 1:00 p.m. (GMT) as the teams depart from Alicante for the third consecutive year and head towards Cape Town for the first leg of the race. Seven teams will be competing in this incredible 65,000-kilometre-long challenge which began in 1973 from the idea of racing sailboats along the old trade routes. The re-named Volvo Ocean Race was run for the first time in 2001-2002, and is now known as the 'Everest of Sailing.'

Technological innovations will take you a long way for this competition, in which fans can follow the race through live streaming, downloading the various apps for iPhones or Android mobiles or following your favourite team through various social media.

Further reading:
Cruising from Marbella
UAE's sailing community

Images courtesy of Volvo Ocean Racing, (left) María Muiña / Team Telefónica, (right) Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand