The round-the-world regatta Volvo Ocean Race is both a world sport competition and an incredible adventure. While solemn events take place on the beach, dramas are played out on the sea, requiring extraordinary endurance from the person.
The regatta, which is divided into 10 stages, lasts 9 months, a route of almost 39 thousand nautical miles along the most dangerous seas in the world. Participants of the regatta 2008-2009 will visit 11 ports around the world. Teams consist of professional athletes who are at the peak of their form. Carrying out sea voyages, bending the globe from continent to continent in an easterly direction, athletes must show their best professional skills, physical endurance and morale.
Sailing regatta Volvo Ocean Race first started in 1973 in the UK under the name Whitbread Round the World Race. Since 1997, the regatta carries its current name and is held every four years (since 2005 — every 3 years), is one of the five largest sports events in the world and is one of the most spectacular and exciting competitions on the planet. Regatta Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006 was the most successful round-the-world race at the moment and won for this event the reputation of one of the most prestigious sports competitions. When organizing competitions in 2008-2009. 33 years of experience were used, which allowed creating all conditions for the formation of the most professional racing team in the world. For the first time in the history of the event, participants will be on a new route, they will visit new ports in India and Asia.
The start of the regatta began on October 11, 2008 in the Spanish city of Alicante. Athletes will travel through Cape Town (South Africa) to India and Southeast Asia, then stop in China before they start the longest stage in South America. The next stop is scheduled in Boston, on the east coast of the United States. After resting, the participants will head to Galway (the western coast of Ireland) and, finally, finish in St. Petersburg.
As part of the regatta Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009 Swedish company Volvo Trucks announced the special edition of the Volvo FH Ocean in an exclusive package with the coloring in the form of splashes of waves and the emblem of the Volvo Ocean Race 08-09, as well as a steel front bumper and tinted windows. The features of the novelty include a comfortable sleeping cab Globetrotter XL, salon is equipped with leather seats Comfort, a refrigerator under the lower berth, and panoramic rear-view mirrors have electric drive with heating. Under the hood, the developers installed a 13-liter Volvo D13A engine with a capacity of 520 h.p. with the ecological standard Euro-4, automatic transmission Volvo I-Shift.The total weight of a road train with a Volvo FH Ocean tractor can be 44 tons.