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Volvo Ocean Race unveils longest ever route for 2014-15

Volvo Ocean Race team Puma sails during eighth leg of Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon June 10, 2012. The eighth leg of Volvo Ocean Race starts to
Volvo Ocean Race team Puma sails during eighth leg of Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon June 10, 2012. The eighth leg of Volvo Ocean Race starts to

ALICANTE, Spain (Reuters) - The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15 will be the longest ever, after organizers announced on Monday a route taking in 10 cities in nine countries and lasting almost nine months.

The 12th edition of the round-the-world yacht race will begin in Alicante, Spain on October 4, 2014 and visit Recife (Brazil), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand, Itajai (Brazil), Newport, Rhode Island (United States), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and Gothenburg (Sweden), finishing on June 27, 2015.

The full race distance will be 39,895 nautical miles. The previous longest edition, won by French skipper Franck Cammas in 2012, was 39,270 nautical miles.

"This new route means two visits to Brazil just when it is the world capital of sport," Race CEO Knut Frostad told Reuters. "To be going there right between the soccer World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in Rio in 2016 is very exciting."

(Editing by Mitch Phillips)

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