Volvo Ocean Race 2017 - 2018 - 'Returning to the roots'
Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 11 major cities on five continents.The total distance of the racetrack is the longest ever - but while the teams will sail more nautical miles than ever, the race itself is scheduled to be one month shorter than in most of the last 12 editions.
The Race will start in November 2017 from Alicante SpainAlicante - Lisbon - Cape Town - Hong Kong - Guangzhou - Auckland - Itajaí - Newport (RI) - Cardiff - Gothenburg - The Hague
The 45,000-mile Volvo Ocean Race will return to Great Britain in its next edition for the first time in 12 years.
Competitors will reach Cardiff in May 2018 before racing across the top of Britain to Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 2017-18 race, the longest in the competition's history, will begin in Alicante, Spain in November next year and end in the Netherlands.
The race will also pass through Cape Town in South Africa, Hong Kong, Auckland in New Zealand and southern Brazil on a route that takes in 11 cities across five continents.