And They’re Off!

The Volvo Ocean Race, a round-the-world sailboat race with 9 legs, started yesterday, 12 November. One of the folks at the Google Earth Community who calls himself ‘lucifer666’ (he can’t really be a bad guy if he likes sailing), has posted an excellent network link for following the race. If you want to follow the race, download the Volvo Ocean Race network link (the network link means you are accessing a server which will automatically update positions). I also suggest you download the Global Cloud Map for basic weather info.
By the way, after only one day, two of the boats are returning to port for repairs. Apparently there was some strong weather overnight and these two boats had equipment failures. This often happens at the beginning of races with new boats, and when competitors are often pushing the boats too hard.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Get wet and wild yacht racing with Google Ocean :
    Get all the news on the 2005 Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race which is going to be Google Earthed
    They have an RSS feed. So with all yachts being pinged on a 10 minute basis, the yacht’s positions will be tracked on Google Earth almost on a real-time basis.
    The best part will be the start [26 December] on Sydney Harbour and the finish in my home town of Hobart a few days later.

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