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New Technology Brings the Ocean Race Closer

Cochin, India - 11 December 2008 -- As part of continuing efforts to forge new paths at the forefront of technology, the organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race are excited to announce a new initiative that harnesses the power of Google Earth to display the rich multimedia content, which is sent off the boats as they race around the world.


With the teams carrying an embedded media crew member for the first time in the 35 year history of the race, more content is being shot, recorded and written than ever before.

Much of this is currently available on the official race websites, and In addition, the mobile portal, means you need never leave the race - all the information is as close as your mobile phone.


Now, using the power of Google Earth, you can see, hear and read what the embedded media crew members and their team mates are experiencing as it's posted in Google Earth. It's another way to get the content from the race out to the public using the latest technology tools while at the same time adding another layer of context to the raw content.


"This is yet another tool, another option for fans of the race," says Andrew Ferguson, the Head of Technology and New Media for the Volvo Ocean Race. "In this case, we're using the power of Google Earth to provide an accurate representation of each leg through the media the sailors are providing."

To follow the Volvo Ocean Race on Google Earth, fans need to visit the Volvo Ocean Race website, where they can download the Google Earth data file, (the ‘KML' file), and find help and instructions in order to get started.


Leg three of the Volvo Ocean Race is scheduled to start from Cochin, India on Saturday, 13 December at 1000 GMT. The fleet is racing to Singapore, where they will spend the holiday season before restarting and continuing their 37000 nautical mile lap of the planet.


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For media information on the Volvo Ocean Race, please contact:

Sophie Luther - International Press Officer (English)
Mob: +44 7595 116 797


Beatriz Pastor - Media Relations Manager (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese)
Mob: +44 7590 711 715



Lizzie (Green) Ward - Senior Race Press Officer (Race HQ - UK)
Tel: +44 1489 554 832: Mob: +44 7801 185 320


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High resolution images can be downloaded from:  
Tim Stonton, Picture Desk Manager Email:  
Tel: +44 1489 554 867 Mob: +44 7816 975 355


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For all radio reports/interviews audio requests, please contact:
Guy Swindells (English)
Mob: +44 7710 295 995, Email: or
Amanda Blackley (English, Spanish and French)
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About the Volvo Ocean Race

  • The Volvo Ocean Race is the ultimate mix of world class sporting competition and on-the-edge adventure, with a tradition dating back 35 years.
  • Eight international teams of 10 sailors, plus one dedicated media crew member, are competing in 10 offshore legs, along with seven in-port races. Scoring points are accumulated through each stage of the race to determine the overall winner.
  • The 2008-09 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain on 11 October 2008 and is scheduled to finish in St. Petersburg on 20 June, 2009, following a 37 000 nautical mile lap of the planet.
  • For the first time, the race is visiting Asia, with stopovers in Cochin, India, Singapore, and Qingdao, China.

Full race schedule:
o Alicante, Spain - Start: 11.10.08
o Cape Town, South Africa - Re-start: 15.11.08
o Cochin, India - Re-start: 13.12.08
o Singapore - Re-start: 18.01.09
o Qingdao, China - Re-start: 14.02.09
o Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Re-start: 11.04.09
o Boston, USA - Re-start: 16.05.09
o Galway, Ireland - Re-start: 06.06.09
o Göteborg/Marstrand, Sweden - Re-start: 14.06.09
o Stockholm, Sweden - Re-start:25.06.09
o St. Petersburg, Russia - ETA for finish: 27.06.09

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