Video above published Feb 17, 2017: Four-time Volvo Ocean Race veteran and two-time Olympic medallist Xabi Fernández has been announced as MAPFRE skipper for the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 edition.
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Alicante, Spain, when the teams start 45,000 nautical miles of offshore racing over a course that takes in 11 landmark cities in five continents over eight months. Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race when started in 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race is held every three years.
A closer look at Boat 8 | Volvo Ocean Race
Video above published Feb 16, 2017: With the deck of the new boat now firmly in place, The Boatyard's Nick Bice and Neil Cox visit the Persico Marine facility in Bergamo, Italy, to check out the progress on the eighth Volvo Ocean 65 in the fleet.
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