On Saturday 11 April, leg six of the Volvo Ocean Race started from Rio de Janeiro and that meant a lot of new players went behind their computer screens to get ready for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race official game.
With nearly 200,000 players currently registered, the game has been a runaway hit with both gamers and sailors from all around the world. It is the biggest global sailing community in the world, with registered players in more than 180 countries.
The virtual skippers compete on the exact same course and receive the same weather information as their real-world counterparts on the Volvo Open 70s, making it a true-to-life experience.
Although the teams in both the game and the Volvo Ocean Race are now more than halfway around the world, there is still plenty of action left. There are four full legs of the race left and plenty of sailing between Boston and the finish line in St. Petersburg at the end of June.
The overall prize is out of reach for new players. But there are great prizes still available to be won. The winner of the leg that started from Rio is rewarded with a trip to the following stopover, where they can take in the action of the in-port race.
‘Hedgehog', the winner of leg five, will be flown to Boston during the next stopover to enjoy the atmosphere of the Volvo Ocean Race and to meet the race crews.
On the last leg, the virtual boats beat the real boats to Rio by days.
Leg six, from Rio to Janeiro to Boston started at 18:00 GMT last Saturday.
The related image shows the real boats lined up before the start from Rio de Janeiro.
Check out the game at http://www.volvooceanracegame.org/home.php
For media information on the Volvo Ocean Race, please contact:
Lizzie (Green) Ward - Senior Race Press Officer (Race HQ - UK)
Tel: +44 1489 554 832 Mob: +44 7801 185 320
Sophie Luther - International Press Officer in Rio
Mob: + 55 21 8282 1221
For all radio reports/interviews audio requests, please contact:
Guy Swindells (English)
Mob: +55 21 8288 2267, Email: guy.swindells@VolvoOceanRace.org or
Amanda Blackley (English, Spanish and French)
Mob: +55 21 8284 6299, Email: amanda.blackley@VolvoOceanRace.org
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