Volvo Ocean Race, Alicante, 4th October 2008 – 27th June, 2009.
Formerly called the Whitbread Round the World Race, the name was changed in 2001 to the Volvo Ocean Race and is one of the most grueling and dangerous races in the world.
It commences in Alicante on 4th October, 2008 and continues to Cape Town, Cochin, (India), Singapore, Qingdao (China), Rio de Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Gothenburg, Stockholm, finishing at St. Petersburg on 27th June, 2009.
There are eight teams with international sponsers competing and all are aiming to set a new world speed record.
In Alicante there are pavilions, shops and activities at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Alicante port, open until 11th October.