Video above published Jul 19, 2017: A process taking over 36,000 man hours, follow the construction of a One Design Volvo Ocean 65 racing machine from start to sailing. Team AkzoNobel will race this boat in the 2017-18 edition.
Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 begins October 22, 2017, in Alicante, Spain.
The 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race introduces a new scoring system designed to encourage strategic risk-taking and open up the fleet in an era of ultra-close One Design racing:
- Scoring will return to a high-points system.
- The two Southern Ocean legs – from Cape Town to Hong Kong, and Auckland to Itajaí, plus the North Atlantic leg near the end of the race, Newport to Cardiff – will all score double points.
- The winner of every leg will score one bonus point (9+1 bonus point for a win, 8 for second, 7 for third, etc).
- There will be a bonus point for the first team to round Cape Horn in a nod to the historic significance of this turning point in the race.
- A further bonus point will be awarded for the team with the best total elapsed time overall in the race.
- The In-Port Series won’t count in the overall points but will remain the tiebreaker should teams be tied on points at the finish in The Hague.
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