Portuguese American Journal

Sailing: Lisbon welcomes the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race – Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal’s capital, will be the next stopover of the ‘2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race’ – the world’s toughest sailing event.

Lasting nine months, the race started on October 19, 2014, in Alicante, Spain, and is scheduled to conclude in June 27, 2015, in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In its 12th edition, the Volvo Ocean Race is a round-the-world sailing contest, passing through four oceans and five continents, with the participation of seven teams, from 18 countries, including a women-only team.

Racers arrived in Newport, RI, today May 7, from Itajaí (Brazil), completing Leg 6. The race will continue to Leg 7, arriving in Lisbon (Portugal), at Tagus River, on May 25. Departing from Lisbon on June 7, the race completes its Leg 8 in Lorient (France), continuing to Leg 9 in Gothenburg  (Sweden) where it finishes on June 27.

Participating countries include, France, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, Spain, China, Netherlands, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Sweden, and United Arab Emirates.

The Volvo Ocean Race, held every three years, visits 11 ports in 11 countries over nine months, covering almost 39,000 nautical miles. One nautical mile is equal to 1.15 land miles.

The Volvo Ocean Race carries the name of its current sponsor, Swedish automobile manufacturer Volvo. Presently, the Netherlands holds the record of three wins, with Dutch skipper Conny van Rietschoten the only to win the race twice

Source: 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race

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