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1973 saw the first ever Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, the longest and perhaps most demanding sailing contest ever. The original course followed the route of the cargo-carrying square-riggers of the 19th Century, a route that has been modified each year to take in different stopovers (the contest was renamed the Volvo Ocean Race in 2001). The boats have also evolved through the years, with the current Volvo Open 70 representing the pinnacle of yacht design. The 2008-2009 VOR began in Alicante, Spain, and finished in St Petersburg, Russia, in late June. Sweden's Ericsson 4, skippered by Torben Grael, won this year's coveted Waterford Crystal overall winner's trophy.
^Telefonica Black^ arriving in Cape Town in 8th (last) place with a broken rudder and bow sprit. The 10th Volvo Ocean Race, 2008-2009. November 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Telefonica Black^ arriving in Cape Town in 8th (last) place with a broken rudder and bow sprit. The 10th Volvo Ocean Race, 2008-2009. November 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.
Startline of the In-port Race 1, Alicante, Spain. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / Startline of the In-port Race 1, Alicante, Spain. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Team Russia^ during in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Team Russia^ during in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Green Dragon^ crew and ^Puma^ (background) in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Green Dragon^ crew and ^Puma^ (background) in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.
Extreme 40 racing in the Volvo Ocean Race village, Alicante, Spain, in the lead up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. October 6th 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / Extreme 40 racing in the Volvo Ocean Race village, Alicante, Spain, in the lead up to the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. October 6th 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Ericsson 4^ arriving in Cape Town to win the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race into Cape Town, November 2008. The 10th Volvo Ocean Race, 2008-09. For EDITORIAL USE only  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Ericsson 4^ arriving in Cape Town to win the first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race into Cape Town, November 2008. The 10th Volvo Ocean Race, 2008-09. For EDITORIAL USE only
Flags aboard ^Telefonica Black^ as she arrives in Cape Town in 8th (last) place with a broken rudder and bow sprit, November 2008. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / Flags aboard ^Telefonica Black^ as she arrives in Cape Town in 8th (last) place with a broken rudder and bow sprit, November 2008. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Green Dragon^ rounds the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, during the 10th Volvo Ocean Race (2008-2009), October 23rd 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Green Dragon^ rounds the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha, during the 10th Volvo Ocean Race (2008-2009), October 23rd 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Puma^ during in-port Race 1, Alicante, Spain. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Puma^ during in-port Race 1, Alicante, Spain. Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Ericsson^ crew members meet the King of Spain before they leave the Race Village dock in Alicante, Spain, for leg one of the 10th Volvo Ocean Race, October 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Ericsson^ crew members meet the King of Spain before they leave the Race Village dock in Alicante, Spain, for leg one of the 10th Volvo Ocean Race, October 2008. For EDITORIAL USE only.
^Team Russia^ bowman Michael Joubert during in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.  -  Rick Tomlinson
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Rick Tomlinson / ^Team Russia^ bowman Michael Joubert during in-port race training in Alicante, Spain, for the 10th Volvo Ocean Race 2008-2009. For EDITORIAL USE only.