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October 11, 2014

12th VOLVO OCEAN RACE Started Today

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Vestas Wind during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images/Volvo Ocean Race.

Volvo Ocean Race, Global Giants

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Photo: October 3, 2014. Team Alvimedica and Team SCA during the practice Race in Alicante. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: October 11, 2014. Team Brunel and Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing leave Alicante during the Start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town. Photo Credit: David Ramos/Volvo Ocean Race.

The seven-strong fleet of the 12th Volvo Ocean Race raced out of Alicante, Spain, on Saturday October 11, for the punishing first leg to Cape Town, South Africa, with rains and strong winds forecast to greet them in the opening eight hours.

Team Brunel took the honours after the fleet bade farewell to a memorable Alicante nine-day stopover before heading out to the Mediterranean, through the Straits of Gibraltar and then into the Atlantic Ocean during the first week of a nine-month, 38,739-mile marathon.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest ocean race. Grand Prix sailing by the world’s best sailors, racing day and night for 39,000 miles around the world in nine leg stages.

There are seven teams, 66 sailors and 18 nationalities setting off in identical one design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machines. The first leg will take the fleet out into the North Atlantic, south across the Equator and into the South Atlantic, on into Cape Town 6,500 miles away. It will take them more than three weeks.

Start: Saturday 11th October, 2014; Alicante, Spain.

Leg 1 - Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa: 6,487 miles.

Leg Duration: 23 days approx.

The Teams:

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