To mark the one-year countdown to the start, the race office today announces the launch of a new free on-line TV channel allowing enthusiasts to enjoy the drama and history of the great event on their home computers.
The Volvo Ocean Race is regarded as the most prestigious off-shore sailing competition, stretching over a period of 10 months and 39.000 nautical miles and visiting 11 ports. India, Singapore, China and Russia are hosting ports which will be visited for the first time in its history.
The following teams have announced their participation in the
Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009:
– Ericsson to participate with 2 boats.
– Puma, they will also be the official supplier and official licensee of replica merchandise for the race.
– Spain is entering 2 boats, Alicante 1 & 2 - the main sponsors are yet to be announced.
– Russian Challenge, backed by Oleg Zherebtsov, founder and chairman of Russian hypermarket chain Lenta.