Since 2008, the teams of Volvo Ocean Race set sails here, in Alicante, and cross the world oceans in what is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world.
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. There is no prize money for the winners yet the symbolic prize of having their names are etched into one of the silver rings of the Volvo Ocean Race Trophy is priceless.
One of the Big Three events of the sailing world alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup, the race combines human adventure and world-class competition. Racing one-design Volvo Ocean 65s, the world’s best professional ocean racers drive themselves to out-work and out-perform their competition around the globe.
The importance of winning, the adventure of life on board, the transformative effect on the sailors – all of these combine to give the race its power and depth, and fans are given a unique insight into just what it takes to win a race that is relentless in its demands, thanks to the work of the onboard reporters.
You can see and learn more about the Volvo Ocean Race at its own Museum in Alicante.
The Museum is situated in the port of Alicante’s former maritime station. Here you can engage with the race through 3D simulators and interactive touch screen panels that explore the history of the race, life on board, marine ecosystems and telecommunications among many other themes.
The museum offers an educational programme that informs curious minds about the values of life at sea, sailing and sport through various activities aimed at schools and the general public.The shop and the café, located on the first floor with direct access to a spacious terrace, round off the facilities at the museum.
The entrance to the Museum is free.