Year: 2017, 2018
Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.
The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s ‘Big Three’ events, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup.
A total of 2.4 million people visited the Race Villages in the last edition, to get a first-hand taste of the race. Tens of millions more followed the action on digital platforms, and this time fans will be able to get even closer in person and online, with a newly imagined pit lane experience at the Host Cities and more live updates from the boats than ever.
After 12 editions and half a million miles, racing resumes again on October 22, 2017, when the teams set sail from Alicante, Spain.
There is a natural fit between the race, ocean health and the critical environmental challenge plastic pollution. Race organizers have taken on a pragmatic approach, with a robust sustainability program, which will build awareness and activate discussion, leverage the global platform the race offers, and create local relevancy through host venues. The three pillars of this sustainability program are:
In order to reach these goals, Volvo Ocean Race has teamed up with 11th Hour Racing as Founding Principle Partner of their Sustainability Program.
11th Hour Racing’s support also extends to being a principle Race Partner and a sponsor of Race Team Vestas 11th Hour Racing, which aims to achieve exemplary results in sport and be the most sustainable team in the race.
Volvo Ocean Race is working with 11th Hour Racing to:
The range of sustainability initiatives will focus on three main areas: