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Coverage Debuts With 90-Minute Special Highlighting Start Of Nine-Month Race

Coverage To Air On NBCSN For 37 Consecutive Weekends

Volvo Ocean Race To Cover Nearly 40,000 Nautical Miles Around The Globe

Stamford, Conn. – October 23, 2014 – NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s premier offshore sailing race - which traverses nearly 40,000 nautical miles around the globe - begins this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s coverage will debut with a 90-minute special which highlights the start of the race and previews the 39-week sailing campaign.

NBCSN will present 20 hours of coverage of the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Following the debut on Sunday, NBCSN will telecast 30-minute highlight shows, each weekend, throughout the nine months of the race.

Seven teams representing more than eight countries are competing in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race, including Team SCA (Sweden), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Abu Dhabi), Dongfeng Race Team (China), Team Brunel (Netherlands), Team Alvimedica (USA/Turkey), Team Vestas Wind (Denmark), and Team MAPFRE (Spain). The race features a 38,739 nautical-mile course that will take the boats from Alicante, Spain through Cape Town, South Africa; Abu Dhabi, UAE; Sanya, China; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajai, Brazil; Newport, Rhode Island; Lisbon, Portugal; and Lorient, France. The race concludes on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Onboard Reporters

Each team will have a dedicated onboard reporter, who will shoot video, conduct interviews and report from each boat during the race. Every episode on NBCSN will feature coverage from the onboard reporters, who will provide a unique and exclusive look at the action on each boat.

NBCSN Volvo Ocean Race Television Schedule:

DateEventNetworkTime ET
October 26Weeks 1-3NBCSN1 p.m.
November 2Week 4NBCSN2 p.m.
November 8Week 5NBCSN3 p.m.
November 16Week 6NBCSN10:30 p.m.
November 23Week 7NBCSN2:30 p.m.
November 29Week 8NBCSN6 p.m.
December 7Week 9NBCSN4 p.m.
December 14Week 10NBCSN5:30 p.m.
December 21Week 11NBCSN5:30 p.m.
December 28Week 12NBCSN6:30 p.m.
January 4Week 13NBCSN5 p.m.
January 9Week 14NBCSN6:30 p.m.
January 16Week 15NBCSN11 p.m.
January 25Week 16NBCSN1 p.m.
February 1Week 17NBCSN5 p.m.
February 8Week 18NBCSN5:30 p.m.
February 15Week 19NBCSNNoon
February 21Week 20NBCSN1 p.m.
March 1Week 21NBCSN6 p.m.
March 7Week 22NBCSNNoon
March 14Week 23NBCSN4:30 p.m.
March 22Week 24NBCSN3:30 p.m.
March 29Week 25NBCSN4:30 p.m.
April 5Week 26NBCSN2:30 p.m.
April 11Week 27NBCSN12:30 p.m.
April 19Week 28NBCSN2:30 p.m.
April 25Week 29NBCSN6 p.m.
May 3Week 30NBCSN4 p.m.
May 9Week 31NBCSN3:30 p.m.
May 17Week 32NBCSN4 p.m.
May 23Week 33NBCSN4:30 p.m.
May 31Week 34NBCSN1 p.m.
June 7Week 35NBCSN4 p.m.
June 14Week 36NBCSN3:30 p.m.
June 21Week 37NBCSN4 p.m.
June 28Week 38NBCSN1 p.m.
July 5Week 39NBCSN7:30 p.m.

Volvo Ocean Race By The Numbers

1 - Onboard Reporter on each boat

7 - Teams competing

9 - Months of the race

12 - Times the race has been held

30 - Minutes of each telecast on NBCSN (Excluding the 90-minute debut)

37 - Weeks of coverage on NBCSN

65 - Length of each boat in feet

1973 - Year the event started

38,789 - Length of the course in nautical miles


The Volvo Ocean Race, headquartered in Alicante, Spain, is the leading round-the-world sailing race for teams, with a series of stops that give fans the chance to experience the In-Port Race series. The race began in 1973 and was then known as the Whitbread Round-The-World Race. Volvo (cars) and Volvo Group became owners in 2001-02 and the race name was changed. Today it is sailing’s biggest offshore race and one of the most coveted prizes in the sport. It lasts for nearly nine months, travels nearly 40,000 nautical miles – the longest sporting event in the world.