Team Alvimedica Take First Win of 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race and Show the Race's Evolution
In the first In-Port Race of this years Volvo Ocean Race, Team Alvimedica took the surprise win to kick off the fleet’s nine month adventure around the world.
The Volvo Ocean Race now produces some of the finest sailing in the world, but when it was originally known as the Whitbread Round the World Ocean Race, the event was largely considered to be an amateur pursuit. The first race in 1973/74 featured 17 different sized boats from seven countries and covered the globe over seven months. Watch the film below to witness the first race in 1973/74.
The days of lounging about on deck, playing cards and eating fine food on board are a distant memory, as today’s Volvo Ocean Race sailors take the competition far more seriously. Its no surprise competitors bust a gut to win, the one-design Volvo 65 boat being raced by all teams this year cost team sponsors upward of €9 million.
Last weekend, the first competitive event of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race in Alicante, Spain offered a first glimpse at the fast and aggressive racing that the one-design Volvo 65 boat will offer this year’s competition. 'Young Guns' Team Alvimedica took the win by 5 seconds after muscling past team Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing mid way through the six-leg windward leeward course. Watch the moment that team Alvimedica took the win below.
This year we will be able to get closer coverage than ever to the race. Each boat has been fitted with 4 on board cameras and alos each boat will host an on board reporter (banned from assisting in sailing). The teams will now travel from Alicante to Cape Town where the next In-Port race will take place on November 15th.
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Image Credit: Team Alvimedica
Article by Jack Bartrop