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Volvo Invites Fans to Compete in Virtual Sailing Race

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author photo by Patricia Palermo October 2011

Every three years, the sailing community focuses attention on a spectacular race that takes the world's fastest monohull sailing vessels on a journey around the globe. The 2011-2012 Volvo Ocean Race is coming soon, and fans have a chance to test their skills by competing in a virtual race that faces the same weather conditions and follows the same route as the real race.

The Volvo Open Race Game is an online contest players can access through Facebook or the Volvo Open Race website. Live weather data from the actual race course affects the virtual vessels too, so gamers will face the same navigation decisions that racers must consider on the high seas. Upgrades to the game since the last race in 2008-2009 include integration of social media components from Facebook and Twitter.

According to Marijn Harinck, CEO of the game's creator, United Games, "the last edition of the game was a huge success, though we think that the Volvo Ocean Race Game 2011-12 will outclass all sailing games. With Facebook integration and easy [playability] via mobile we can assure it will be easier to connect and sail your virtual yacht. But be aware, the competition will be also harder with over 500,000 boats on the water."

The last race saw 220,000 virtual vessels. Although the new game will allow novices to get up to speed more quickly than in the last version, United Games kept it challenging for the experienced player, too. It's free to enter the competition, but exclusive features and information will be available to those willing to purchase extra credits to boost their chances.

A practice session starts October 29th and lasts until November 2nd, allowing players rack up sailing experience on the virtual Volvo Open 70 racing yacht before the official start. On November 5th, players and the real sailboats begin their journey, leaving Alicante, Spain for Cape Town, destination of Leg 1.

Visit www.volvooceanracegame.org to learn more or to enter. If you've got what it takes, you may find yourself behind the wheel of a new Volvo when the race concludes in nine short months.

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