The Volvo Ocean Race has unveiled a daunting new route for the 12th running of the around-the-world sailing competition, to be held in 2014-15.
Competitors aboard 65-foot racing yachts will begin this nine-month, 40,000-nautical-mile marathon on Oct. 4, 2014, in Alicante, Spain.
From there stops include Brazil, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, United States, Portugal, France and Sweden.
"This route has never really been part of any ocean race any time before," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad. "And when you have that element there’s a new strategy, there’s a new route, there’s new weather, there’s new challenges for the sailors.
"That is exciting, not only for us but for the sailors because no-one can claim they’ve done this before."
The top features Frostad describing the new route, and the bottom is a shorter animated version highlighting the route.