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.
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.
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