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Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest ever sailors – and the 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.
The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge. Turn the Tide skipper and Sealskinz Athlete Dee Caffari is a record breaker in her own right, being the first women to sail around the world (both ways) alone and unsupported. Dee handpicked the clothing suppliers for her team and Sealskinz is delighted to keep the entire crew warm, dry and comfortable throughout the race, especially in the dreaded conditions of the Southern Ocean.
There is no prize money for the winners, but seeing your name etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is a prize beyond compare for sailors who grew up with dreams of emulating the legends of the race. This year’s race also has another special meaning for Sealskinz and the Turn the Tide on Plastic team. As the team name aptly suggests, Turn the Tide are racing to promote the message of pollution in our world’s oceans. The ocean sustainability message has been backed by The Mirpuri Foundation, and Ocean Family Foundation with the over-riding mission for the team to amplify the United Nations Environment’s 'Clean Seas: Turn the Tide on Plastic' campaign throughout the eight months of the race.
Overall, the race’s concept is simple: it’s a round-the-clock pursuit of competitive edge and the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors against each other across the world’s toughest waters.