Volvo Ocean Race Leg One starts Saturday

The fleet of 8 Volvo Open 70’’s power away from the start line on the first Volvo Ocean Race in-port race in Alicante, Spain.

With points already on the leaderboard, and Spain’s Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/NED) in pole position with four points, the next opportunity to accumulate points will be as the fleet rounds Fernando de Noronha, an island off the coast of Brazil during leg one, which starts this Saturday at 1400 local time in Alicante (Spain) and finishes after 6,500 nautical miles of racing in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Volvo Ocean Race is a high scoring event. That is, the team with highest score is the winner. There are three different areas where the eight teams can score points: in-port racing, scoring gates and offshore legs.

In-port racing: is held in seven ports, the first of which was held in Alicante last weekend. The next will be held in Singapore in January. Each in-port race day offers half points to winner of the day’s racing i.e. 4 points, 3.5 points and so on.

Scoring gates: There are seven scoring gates dotted around the course which also attract half points. Leg one has a scoring gate at Fernando de Noronha and this will be the next chance the teams have to add to their tally.

Leg points: leg points are the most lucrative. Maximum points are awarded for offshore legs. The leg winner gets eight points through to one point for eighth place. There are 10 offshore legs, seven in-port race days and seven scoring gates.

The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is the 10th running of this ocean marathon. It started from Alicante in Spain, on 4 October 2008 with an in-port race. Leg one from Alicante to Cape Town will start on 11 October and the course will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race. Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles, stopping at 11 ports and taking nine months to complete, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier yacht race for professional racing crews.

Volvo Ocean Race Leaderboard
1. Telefónica Blue (Bouwe Bekking/Iker Martinez) 4 points
2. Telefónica Black (Fernando Echávarri) 3.5 points
3. Puma Il Mostro (Ken Read) 3 points
4. Ericsson 4 (Torben Grael) 2.5 points
5. Green Dragon (Ian Walker) 2 points
6. Delta Lloyd (Ger O’Rourke) 1 point
7. Ericsson 3 (Anders Lewander) 0.5 points*
8. Team Russia (Andreas Hanakamp) 0.5 points

*One point has been deducted from the Ericsson 3 score as per the jury decision number JN04 2 October.

Route Reminder
Leg One: Alicante – Cape Town
Leg Two: Cape Town – Cochin
Leg Three: Cochin – Singapore
Leg Four: Singapore – Qingdao
Leg Five: Qingdao – Rio de Janeiro
Leg Six: Rio de Janeiro – Boston
Leg Seven: Boston – Galway
Leg Eight: Galway – Goteborg/Marstrand
Leg Nine: Goteborg/Marstrand – Stockholm
Leg Ten: Stockholm – St Petersburg

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