Got a Spare 9 Months? Race Around the World Online

You have to hand it to the guys at the Volvo Ocean Race. They really are embracing the advancements in technology and offering fans the chance to not only follow the race but participate – at least in the decision making process.

Armchair tacticians will be able test their strategy skills against the best offshore sailors in the world with the launch of Virtual Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 – the race’s official game.

The virtual race will mirror the 37,000 nautical miles of the world’s premier ocean race and there’s a Volvo C30 up for grabs for the winner along with a number of other prizes.

Andrew Ferguson, head of Technology and New Media, added: “To enhance the package further we are now giving race fans the opportunity to take part in their race, with our virtual game – the competitors can create their own nine-month, 37,000 mile ocean marathon, without the salt spray and freeze-dried food.”

Now we here at are big fans of multimedia and participating in the event in real time is something that no other sports have attempted. You can even find our mocked up TP52, Extreme 40 Catamaran and Americas Cup boats in online competitions using the Virtual Skipper game, but 9 months?

Set a reminder. Let’s see how many sailing nuts are left at the end.