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Now THIS is sailing!

Some amazing footage of the Volvo Ocean Race - dubbed the Toughest Sailing Race in the World.

Care to take a sail?  The video below shows some of the brutal (but exhilarating) conditions encountered in the Volvo Ocean Race.

Formerly know as the Whitbread, the race crosses four oceans and five continents. The six teams that contested the 2011-12 race around the world experienced scorching days and freezing nights in impossibly cramped conditions on board. Over 39,270 nautical miles (45,000 miles or 72,000 kilometres) and over eight months of competition, the sailors took on a challenge of breathtaking scope, hitting maximum speeds of 42 knots (77.8 kph) and being faced with waves as high as 16 metres.

The 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start on October 4, 2014, the day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain, and finish with one last In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo.

The 38,739-nautical mile route will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal), Lorient (France) and a 24-hour pit-stop in The Hague (Netherlands) on the final leg.

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