Seven sailing teams embark on the Volvo Ocean Race, a gruelling nine-month journey around the world. This documentary series follows crew members as they travel to some of the most hostile and remote environments on the planet.
Running On Water
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Before their journey begins, members of seven teams discuss final preparations and lessons from past races.
Time To Say Goodbye
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Sailors share one last moment with their loved ones before leaving for their long journey at sea.
Round The Rock
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The race is on as teams set sail from Alicante, Spain and navigate through the perilous Gibraltar pass.
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After leaving the safer Mediterranean Sea behind, the teams jockey for position along the African Coast.
Long Live The King
Life at the Extreme S1E5
As the teams approach the Cape Verde Islands, they must navigate past the dreaded area known for little wind.
Hunting For Azzam
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Past the slow sailing of the Doldrums, the fleet prepares for an area with infamously strong westerly winds.
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Heading into Cape Town for the end of the first leg, teams make a mad dash to lock in their positions.
Out Of Africa
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After some reflection time in Cape Town, the teams prepare to face the harsh conditions of the Southern Ocean.
Into The Wild
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Leaving Cape Town, the teams sail against the tide in relentless southern waters to begin the next leg.
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To avoid an area known for pirate attacks, the fleet travels a new route through a massive tropical storm.
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After a shallow reef forces the team to abandon its boat, Team Vestas Wind finds safety on a tropical island.
On Stranger Tides
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As the leaders of the fleet battle heavy clouds and roaring seas, the other teams work on conditioning.
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As the fleet prepares to round the tip of Oman, the Brunel and Dongfeng teams duke it out for first position.
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After a punishing second leg, the fleet arrives in Abu Dhabi to recharge and prepare for the next segment.
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In between legs, teams take advantage of time in port to focus on boat repairs and crew changes.
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The fleet enters the hazardous third leg that will put everyone’s skills to the test along the coast of India.
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Heading toward Sri Lanka, the fleet deals with a serious racing problem: a lack of wind.
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The fleet enters some of the world’s busiest waterways, which are also some of the most treacherous.
The Chinese Connection
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After 25 days at sea, the fleet approaches the end of leg three in the Chinese city of Sanya.
The Perfect Storm
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As the boats go through repairs in the boatyard, crew members work to recover from physical injuries.