National Geographic Features
The Volvo Ocean Race: Round the World
A Web site keeps visitors up-to-date on a grueling 9-month sailboat race and reveals the teams and technologies that venture around the world.
Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race of 2001–2002 sent eight superfast sloops on an incredible round-the-world, round-the-clock race to the finish. Visitors to the National Geographic site experience and learn about the race in a variety of ways: Interactives, Geo Files, and Race Dispatches. The Interactives allow sailing enthusiasts to explore the anatomy of one of the VO Class 60 sloop boats or use a Sailing Simulator to test their skills against basic variables of wind and sail. The Geo Files teach visitors about the geography, climate, and marine environments that the boats encounter during the race. The Race Dispatches share insider stories from the race with correspondent Tracy Edwards, who joins various boats during the 9-month journey from September 2001 through June 2002. Modular sections allowed the site to be easily updated as the race progressed, with new Race Dispatches and Geo Files reflecting the current leg of the race.
Press & AwardsYahoo!, Daily Pick, September 26, 2001Flash Film Festival, Finalist, Story, 2001
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