Category: Companies / April 8, 2013 1:08 PM EDT
The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 will be the longest ever.
Organizers announced on Monday (April 8) a route including 10 cities in nine countries, lasting almost nine months.
The 12th edition of the round-the-world yacht race will begin in Alicante, Spain on Oct. 4, 2014 and visit Recife (Brazil), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand, Itajai (Brazil), Newport, Rhode Island (United States), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and Gothenburg (Sweden), finishing on June 27, 2015.
The full race distance will be 39,895 nautical miles (45,910 miles or 73,885 km). The previous longest edition in 2012, was 39,270 nautical miles.
"This route has never really been part of any ocean race any time before," Race CEO Knut Frostad said. "When you have that element there's a new strategy, there's a new route, there's new weather, there's new challenges for the sailors. That is exciting, not only for us but for the sailors because no-one can claim they've done this before."
He pointed out that it was timely the fleet would visit Brazil twice in the months between the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
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