Today, 30 years ago Great Britain II crossed the finishing line to complete the first Whitbread Round The World Race, at 1330 GMT on April 9, 1974.
She had been 144 days at sea, and at that time, it was a record for a round the world passage under sail.
The new Volvo Open 70s are predicted to race around the 31,000 nm course in 2005-06 in just 103 days, achieving over 500 miles in a 24-hour period and reaching top speeds of over 40 knots in extreme conditions.
The Volvo Ocean Race will start with an in port race in Sanxenxo, Galicia, on November 5, 2005. The start of leg one, the first offshore leg, will be from Vigo, on November 12, 2005.