2008-2009 Volvo Ocean Race

6 12 2008

11 October 2008 –  June 2009

Ahoy Darlings!

The Volvo Ocean Race , an around-the-world yacht competition, is held every three years with routes changed to accommodate various ports of call; 2008-2009 routing for the first time includes stopovers in the Middle East and Asia. Starting in Alicante, Spain on 11 October 2008, race will run over 39,000 nautical miles in nine months.  

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Usually departing Europe in September or October, the Volvo Ocean Race encompasses 9 or 10 legs with in-port races at many stopover cities. 2008-2009 race legs include:   

 

 

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Leg 1: 11 October – 15 November 2008- Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa

Leg 2: 15 November – 13 December 2008- Cape Town, South Africa to Cochin, India

Leg 3: 13 December – 18 January 2009- Cochin, India to Sentosa Island, Singapore

10 January 2009: Singapore In-Port Racing

Leg 4: 18 January 2009 – 14 February 2009- Sentosa Island, Singapore to Qingdao, China

7 February 2009: Qingdao In-Port Racing

Leg 5: 14 February – 11 April 2009- Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4 April 2009: Rio de Janeiro In-Port Racing

Leg 6: 11 April – 16 May 2009- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Boston, Massachusetts USA

9 May 2009: Boston In-Port Racing

Leg 7: 16 May – 6 June 2009- Boston, Massachusetts USA to Galway, Ireland

30 May 2009: Galway In-Port Racing

Leg 8: 6 -14 June 2009-Galway, Ireland to Göteborg / Marstrand

Leg 9: 14 -25 June 2009- Göteborg / Marstrand to Stockholm, Sweden

21 June 2009: Stockholm In-Port Racing

Leg 10: 25 June 2009- Stockholm, Sweden to St. Petersberg, Russia 

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2009 Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco

5 12 2008

21-24 May 2009

Monaco hosts the best known sporting spectacle and one of Europe’s premier social highlights of the year: The Formula One Grand Prix de Monaco. 

Organized by the Automobile Club de Monaco,  the Grand Prix is 77 laps around the narrow, winding streets of Monte Carlo, with little room for driver error, making this Grand Prix the most dynamic test of driver skill in the World.

Widely touted as one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world,  alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with which it forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport), the history, spectacle and glamour of the Grand Prix de Monaco is the  “The Jewel of the Formula One Crown”. 

Lewis Hamilton (2008)

The Faux Socialite© Note: The best place to view said race is from the Hotel de Paris or the Place de Casino…if you can score a rezzy!