Pirates Are Responsible for The Volvo Ocean Race Route Change

Maybe you've previously read about the Volvo Ocean Race scheduled to take place between late October 2011 and July 2012. Contrary to what you might expect given Volvo is a Swedish automaker, it has nothing to do with cars. Rather, it's the world's ultimate offshore sailing competition, dating back to 1973 when it was known as the Whitbread Round the World Race. This year the Volvo Ocean Race will start in Alicante, Spain. Thirty-nine-thousand miles later, it will commence in Galway Ireland.

Volvo's interest in sailing isn't new, either. The Volvo Ocean Race, the world's ultimate around-the-globe offshore sailing challenge dates back 38 years, now. What is new, is having to change the route due to the potential, and in fact, likely threat of pirates.

We know. You'd think we were writing a short adventure story, rather than a blog post. But, it's true. Volvo Ocean Race organizers have been advised by the experts that be, that legs two and three of the route are simply unadvisable due to high piracy levels. As such, the committee has changed the route.

Now, instead of sailing through a risk-ridden East African corridor in the Indian ocean on the second and third legs, participants will travel through a 'safe haven' port. In an effort to keep the new course safe, organizers are refraining from disclosing details at this time.

"This has been an incredibly difficult decision," says Knut Frostad, Chief Executive, Volvo Ocean Race. "We have consulted leading naval and commercial intelligence experts and their advice could not have been clearer: 'Do not risk it.' The solution we have found means our boats will still be racing into Abu Dhabi and competing in the in-port race there."1

Interested in more Volvo news - from new concept debuts to new Volvo car launches to benchmark-setting safety technologies - and even updates on the Volvo Ocean Race? Stay tuned. McKevitt Volvo, located at 2700 Shattck Avenue Berkeley, CA is dedicated to keeping you informed.

Source: 1https://www.media.volvocars.com/global/enhanced/en-gb/Media/Preview.aspx?mediaid=39760

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