The Route


Tough, intense, and featuring almost three times as much Southern Ocean sailing as the previous edition, the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be contested over the longest distance in race history at around 47,000 nautical miles (nm), crossing four oceans and taking in 12 major cities on five continents.

Around 12,500 nm of the race will take place in the Southern Ocean, the fast-moving, ice cold waters around the Antarctic where, unhindered by land, some of the deepest weather depressions circle the bottom of the global, generating giant waves and punishing, heavy winds that can peak at over 70 knots (130 km/h). In the previous edition, the teams spent around 4,500 nm racing in the Southern Ocean.

Route Details

Leg 1. Alicante, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal – 700 nm (3-4 days)

Leg 2. Lisbon, Portugal to Cape Town, South Africa – 7,000 nm (22 days)

Leg 3. Cape Town, South Africa to Melbourne, Australia – 5,800 nm (14 days)

Leg 4. Melbourne, Australia to Hong Kong – 5,600 nm (18 days)

Leg 5. Hong Kong to Guangzhou, China to Hong Kong – (non-scoring leg*)

Leg 6. Hong Kong to Auckland, New Zealand – 6,000 nm (20 days)

Leg 7. Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brazil – 7,500 nm (21 days)

Leg 8. Itajai, Brazil to Newport, USA – 5,500 nm (19 days)

Leg 9. Newport, USA to Cardiff, UK – 3,300 nm (8 days)

Leg 10. Cardiff, UK to Gothenburg, Sweden – 1,230 nm (5 days)

Leg 11. Gothenburg, Sweden to The Hague, Netherlands – 520 nm (3 days)


Watch the exciting preview of the 2017-2018 Route: