Racing Around the World
Sailing around the world is a remarkable endeavor, whether at a leisurely pace aboard a small private cruising sailboat or as crew on one of the fastest, most hi-tech racing sailboats on the planet. What started out in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race has, in today’s sponsorship laden world, become the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR). The nine month race, which starts in Alicante, Spain and concludes in Galway, Ireland has teams sailing over 39,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town and around Cape Horn. Each raceboat has a crew of 11 and requires racing for 20 days at a time on some legs of the race. The current VOR began in October and is scheduled to finish in July 2012. The boats are currently racing on the first leg from Alicante to Cape Town. You can follow their progress and see live video feeds here.