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Seven boats, nine months, 45,000 miles... your guide to the Volvo Ocean Race

From BBC - October 13, 2017

Torn sails, broken masts, capsizes and icebergs - at 45,000 miles, the Volvo Ocean Race is no luxury cruise.

Last time out, Ian Walker - for Abu Dhabi Racing - became the first British skipper to win the race but neither he nor the team will be defending the title.

However, there is still plenty of British interest in the 13th - and longest - edition of a race that first took place in 1973.

Six of the seven boats have at least one Briton on their crew, and - in May next year - Cardiff will become the first British port to host the race since 2006.

But what is the route this time, which teams are competing and who are the Britons involved?

The course

The 2017-18 event starts with an in-port race in Alicante on Saturday, 14 October before the first leg proper starts eight days later.

Four oceans, 12 ports and six continents later, the race finishes in The Hague.

* The first boat to round Cape Horn on this leg wins an extra point.

The boat with the fastest overall time wins an extra point.

The teams

The Britons

The history

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