Team Sanya, the Volvo Ocean Race's first-ever Chinese entry, have announced their official retirement from Leg 1, after sustaining serious damage to the bow of their boat, soon after leaving Alicante, Spain for Cape Town, South Africa.
The winner of the 2011-12 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race Game, which enables online players to race a virtual Volvo Open 70 around the world following the course of the actual race, will drive away in a brand new Volvo XC60 car.
Alicante, Spain - The escalating security problem caused by piracy in the Indian Ocean has forced Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 organisers to redraw the second and third leg routes in the 39,000 nautical mile round-the-world challenge.
China launched its first ever sole entry in the Volvo Ocean Race on June 17th and announced that one of the world's leading sailors would helm its Team Sanya for the gruelling nine-month, 39,270 mile challenge beginning in October.
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The course and dates for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 have been officially announced today. This edition of the race will see a new format for the racing programme in the host cities, including the start city of Alicante, Spain and finish city of Galway, Ireland. For the first time, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish with an In-Port race in Galway.
Alicante, Spain - 19 January 2011 - The Volvo Ocean Race is proud to announce its new youth sailing initiative, the Volvo Ocean Race Academy. This Academy marks the continuation of the Volvo Ocean Race's commitment to youth sailing worldwide. The project contains three activities to involve the children of each of the host ports.
Alicante, Spain - The spectacular new Volvo Ocean Race Trophy was unveiled in Race Headquarters, Alicante, in front of representatives from all 10 host ports, the racing teams, local authorities and race sponsors. This event crowns the first night of the Volvo Ocean Race conference for the 2011 - 12 edition of the race.