Volvo Ocean Race update

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ONE OF the most prestigious events on the world sporting calendar arrives in Alicante in October, when the Volvo Ocean Race arrives in the city.

Alicante will welcome the world for the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 when the Race Village opens on October 11. This year will be the fourth time Alicante has opened the action, and the third since the race set up its permanent HQ in the port.

The start of the longest professional sporting event in the world brings people from far and wide to explore the Alicante Race Village, see the iconic Volvo Ocean 65 boats first hand.

Over and above anything else the start of the 2017-18 edition of the race is not to be missed as it marks the beginning of nine months of storms, speed, life-changing stories, stunning imagery and nail-biting finishes in an epic journey around the world.

This year will see the premiere of a new monotype designed by the Frenchman Guillaume Verdier and built under the direction of the Italian shipyard Persico.

Verdier joins the design team of the Volvo Ocean Race and is already working with the race on the crucial decision as to whether the next boat will be a monotype or a multihull.

The final decision will be announced on May 18 in Gothenburg, hometown of Volvo, the company owner and main sponsor of the race.

This is only one of a series of important decisions to be taken in the coming weeks and will be announced in Gothenburg.

Organisers have issued a statement saying May’s announcement will form the most radical transformation of the Volvo Ocean Race since it was born in 1973 under the name of Whitbread Round the World Race.

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