• 28-MAR-2015

Halfway Round the World, a Mid-Race Review

We're halfway around the world - so let's take a look at the numbers.

Text by Jonno Turner

In the five months since this race left Alicante, the fleet has visited Alicante, Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya and Auckland. Now, they're in the toughest arena of all - the Southern Ocean - winging their way towards Itajaí.

- That's a lot of miles sailed.

30,346 nautical miles sailed so far for Team SCA

30,050 nautical miles sailed so far for Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing

29,967 nautical miles sailed so far for Dongfeng Race Team

30,301 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Brunel

30,153 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Alvimedica

30,327 nautical miles sailed so far for MAPFRE

11,803 nautical miles sailed so far for Team Vestas Wind

- Lost property

1 food cooler lost overboard on Team Alvimedica

1 drone lost on Dongfeng Race Team

A lot of hours lost in the Doldrums!

- New experiences

4 Chinese sailors given their first taste of offshore life

23 pollywogs became shellbacks

18 birthdays celebrated at sea

2 Thanksgiving parties

Plenty of Valentine's Day love

- The world is watching

Nearly 51 million minutes watched on the Volvo Ocean Race Youtube channel.

A cumulative TV audience of over 1 billion people around the world.

Over one million views on The Inside Track

- Close shaves

3 Chinese gybes

2 crazy cyclones avoided

1 epic salvage mission

...which reached over 3 million people on Facebook alone.

- Landmarks

10,923 emails sent from the boats to Alicante Race Control

3 oceans crossed.

3 Equator crossings.

4 different In-Port Race winners.

Over 15,000 hours of spectactular sailing completed.

That's 54 million seconds of concentration, focus and intensity, 3,750 watch changes and 5,000 freeze-dried meal times.

- And a few knocks picked up along the way

1 perforated eardrum

1 ruptured herniated disc

1 broken hand, 1 broken bone in hand

2 ribs broken, 2 ribs cracked

A LOT of painkillers and bandages


  • Marie Laurens
    Volvo Ocean Race News Distribution Manager