1.- Volvo Ocean Race and Alicante
The city of Alicante will receive for the fourth time the most important sailing race in the world. This will be the second time since the appointment as a permanent port of departure. Its excellent facilities, together with the magnificent weather conditions all-year round, make Alicante the ideal place to prepare the competition and say goodbay to the sailors.
2.- A short history
Approaching 40 years of competition, its first edition was in 1973 and it was called Whitbread. This will be the 12th edition and its reputation of being the hardest proof of sailing race in the world is because of the 9 months of competition that the sailors must do over the Earth. It is about a race sailing the seas with the biggest currents, icebergs and the competition of the best race teams.
3.- The route
The greatest distance travelled by all the races, 45.000 nautical miles over all oceans in the world, divided into 11 stages. Departing from the city of Alicante, there will be stops in Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajai, Newport, Cardiff, Gotemburg y finally, the Hague, where the winner ship will be crowned.
4.- Teams in competition
There will be seven teams competing to raise the treasured cup. The list consists of:
– Azkonobel, Dutch team, the first in starting line in the competition, skippered by Simeon Tienpont.
– Mapfre, Spanish team, led by Paco Campos, who will try to be the first Spanish team to be champion.
–An interesting cooperation will be Vestas 11th Hour Racing, commanded by the Americans Charlie Enright and Mark Towill.
–Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag team, from Hong Kong, will try to bring the flavor of the competition to Asia, driven by the Australian David Witt.
–Another different option is Turn the Tide on Plastic team, led by the British Dee Caffari. It is a young team ready to win.
– A second Dutch team is Brunel, whose leader EY. Bouwe Bekking will try to win this race.
–Lastly, the Chinese team DongFeng Racing Team, in its second participation, hand in hand with Charles Caudrelier, French sailor, will try to get again on the top of the podium. This team will prepare its race in the central Apartamentos Tito San Agustín, modern and well endowed of all the comforts, which allow the team to go, in top shape, in search of victory.
5.-Enjoy the city of Alicante
For all those who want to enjoy the race, the city of Alicante provides a wide offer for all: beaches with white sand and clear water, the opportunity of visiting Ciudad de la Luz to explore the film industry and its magnificent harbor. There, you can see the bases of all the teams, discover the recreations of the places where the sailors will go and everything related to the race.