The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will begin tomorrow at the coast of Spain. Seven boats will depart from Alicante, Spain and will traverse the vast oceans and visit 11 ports before ending the journey at Golthenburg, Sweden in June 2015. In total, the boats will rack up 62,344 km after all is said and done.
“At Volvo Cars, everything we do begins with people, from our commitment to safety to innovation. Through the Volvo Ocean Race we get an excellent opportunity to connect and build relationships with people around the world. The race itself is also an extraordinary human endeavor, requiring passion, focus, dedication, teamwork – the same emotions and traits reflected in the design of our vehicles,” said Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO Volvo Car Group.
A new one-design boat called the Volvo Ocean 65 racing yacht will make its debut in the 2014-2015 season of the Volvo Ocean Race. It features new innovations that not only make it fast but can stand up to toughest conditions in open water. Each boat are built and designed from a controlled set of plans; making the race a test of of skill, strategy and teamwork.
Media coverage of the race is done through on-board cameras and telecommunications where it captures and records every detail of the race through television, internet or mobile devices.
Each stopover the boats will go to will have a Race Village stationed nearby where it will display Volvo’s product range and Ocean Race edition cars that can be viewed by customers, media and stakeholders alike. Among them will be the company’s new XC90 SUV that was revealed last August and Ocean Race Editions that are available in the V40, V40 Cross Country, V60 and XC60. Moreover, the Race Village will also provide spectators a glimpse of the race.