volvo ocean race book 2008-09

the official book of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is about to be released – supposed to be available in October 2009, but currently only shown as available to pre-order, and only showing prices in Euros.  it is available as a book and DVD combo: http://www.volvooceanrace.org/multimedia/book/

a little history on the Volvo Ocean Race:

The Volvo Ocean Race is an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavour which has been built on the spirit of great seafarers – fearless men who sailed the world’s oceans aboard square rigged clipper ships more than a century ago.

Their challenge back then was not a race as such, but recording the fastest time between ports. This meant new levels of pride for themselves and great recognition for their vessel.

Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

The spirit that drove those commercial sailors along the web of trade routes, deep into the bleak latitudes of the Southern Ocean and around the world’s most dangerous capes, emerges today in the form of the Volvo Ocean Race, a contest now seen as the pinnacle of achievement in the sport.

…During the nine months of the 2008-09 Volvo, which starts in Alicante, Spain in October 2008 and concludes in St Petersburg, Russia, during late June 2009, the teams will sail over 37,000 nautical miles of the world’s most treacherous seas via Cape Town, Kochi, Singapore, Qingdao, around Cape Horn to Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Goteborg and Stockholm.

Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race

…During the race the crews will experience life at the extreme: no fresh food is taken onboard so they live off freeze dried fare, they will experience temperature variations from -5 to +40 degrees Celsius and will only take one change of clothes. They will trust their lives to the boat and the skipper and experience hunger and sleep deprivation.

you can get a really good idea of the quality of the book and the amazing nautical photography included by checking out the online sample of Chapter 1 here:  http://emag.digitalpc.co.uk/vem/vorsampler09.asp

I am going to wait a while to see if it becomes available more readily here in the states – and either order it, or have my local library order a copy for me!  I’ll be sure to post a review when I get a chance to see the whole book.

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2 Responses to “volvo ocean race book 2008-09”


  1. 1 winjaw October 7, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    A real man would sail a sunfish. I hate to think how many mortgages we’re talking about here.

    If the rules really do say they can only take one change of clothes, are they at least allowed to exchange with other crew members?

    • 2 my2fish October 8, 2009 at 12:13 pm

      well, the longest Sunfish race is capped off at 6 hours… so jumping from that to a 30-day trek might be tough. luckily, there’d be plenty of room for that 1 change of clothes. freeze-dried food might be harder to carry along.

      um, I’m not sure wearing some other dudes drawers would be any better than just re-wearing mine.


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