SOURCE: Volvo Ocean Race
Five Volvo Ocean 65s go head to head in Round Britain and Ireland Race
The race is expect to take at least five days to complete depending on conditions and will give a form guide for Team SCA, Dongfeng Racing Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Team Alvimedica and Iker Martínez's Spanish crew ahead of the Volvo Ocean Race start on October 4 in Alicante, Spain.
Knut Frostad, CEO, Volvo Ocean Race
"This is the first time we will see a larger fleet together that we can really track and follow. We will see a result now over the next days around Britain, and then all of them will go back to their team bases and they will work very hard on learning from those days, and then we will see how they twist that into their advantage when they come back in October, in Alicante."
Three of the teams took part in a race around the Canary Islands last month. Team Brunel were the winners of that contest, beating the so-far unnamed Spanish team, and all-female crew Team SCA. This, however, will be the biggest preview of the eventual Volvo Ocean Race fleet so far.
Six of the teams that will compete in the 2014-15 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race have been announced, with one more team still to follow. The fleet is a fascinating mix of experience, youth and different nationalities – as well as an all-female crew, the race will feature elite teams from China, from America, from the Netherlands, Abu Dhabi, Spain, and Sweden.
All of the teams except for Team Brunel from the Netherlands, and the as-yet unannounced seventh team will be competing in the Round Britain and Ireland Race.
The Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race has a rich history, starting in 1976. The 2014 race will be the 8th edition. While other ocean races are longer, racing 1,800 miles around a coastline notorious for highly changeable weather and wicked tides and currents make the race incredibly challenging. That makes it the ideal preparation for the Volvo Ocean Race teams. The 2014 entries include a wide variety of yachts and sailors of different classes and levels, all competing against the Volvo Ocean Race crews in their one-design Volvo Ocean 65s.