Volvo Ocean Race

Volvo Ocean Race has been the longest professional sporting event in the world, a round the-world yacht race held every three years. Each edition of the race lasted close to nine months and teams faced extremes of temperatures ranging from -15 in the Southern Ocean to 45 degrees at the equator. The Volvo Ocean Race was jointly owned by Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group for 20 years but was transferred to Atlant Ocean Racing Spain S.L in 2018.

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Volvo and the race – a perfect match

The Volvo Ocean Race has been a great vehicle for building customer relationships, strengthening the Volvo brand and presenting our company and our products to a global audience. After twenty years it is now time to let a new owner take this prestigious competition to the next level.

Volvo Group and Volvo Cars have actively developed the race, leading to record levels of race village visitors, and online and television coverage, benefitting the companies and partners. The next edition of the Race is planned for 2021-2022 under a new name. The Volvo Group will continue with other activities and on other platforms to strengthen the Volvo brand and build strong relationships with customers and society.

The Volvo Brands in the Volvo Ocean Race 

Volvo and the race – a perfect match

Volvo and the race – a perfect match

Teamwork, performance, innovative technology and care for the environment are the values that bind us together, with the Volvo Ocean Race. Known as the toughest professional sporting event in the world, the race is a human adventure like no other.

The Volvo Pavilion

The Volvo Pavilion

This state of the art structure is built in a record time of 9 days, at each of the 12 stopovers on 6 continents. Never before in the world of sporting events has such a challenging construction project been carried out around the globe.

Welcome to Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong

Discover what the Volvo Ocean Race is about, and why does Volvo run this prestigious competition, against the real backdrop of the hustling of Hong Kong.

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Route

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Route

The race returned to its Southern Ocean roots. 2017-18 route was longer than ever with a sailing distance at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 12 major cities on six continents.

The 45-year old race around the world started from Alicante in October 2017 and ended in a grand finale into The Hague, Netherlands during summer 2018.

The total distance of the racetrack was longer than in any of the 12 previous editions of an event, which was born as The Withbread Round the World Race in 1973. But while the teams sailed more nautical miles than ever before, the race itself was one month shorter than in most of the last 12 editions.

Commercial achievements

Volvo hosted more than 18,000 corporate guests during the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, a new record. A new pavilion was developed with a Scandinavian touch in its architecture, with wood, glass and sharp angles. Two brand new products were launched at the Gothenburg stopover, a new articulated electric bus and a self-docking system by Volvo Penta. Different parts of the Executive Board attended almost all stopovers around the world to meet customers hosted by the market companies, and other stakeholders such as media, politicians and suppliers, and even royalties.

The Volvo branded products from Volvo Group were exposed around the world in the Race Villages next to the Volvo Pavilion with a footfall of 2,5 million visitors. In Gothenburg there was also an interactive exhibition showing the future technologies in cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology. 

Last but not least, the global campaign for Clean Seas sponsored by the United Nations was a strong message against plastic in the oceans, in parallel with the Ocean Summit conferences held in 7 ports.

Download the 2017-18 Route (JPG, 0.1 MB)
Volvo Group photo contest Foap

Volvo Group photo contest Foap

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Ocean Summit

Ocean Summit

The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18, created a series of Ocean Summits as part of its sustainability program. The Ocean Summits address ocean health issues, with a specific focus on plastic pollution.

Ocean Summit
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18

Here is a look at all action from Leg 4, from Melbourne to Hong Kong.

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