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Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour announced

Alicante, Spain - 19 May 2011 - The Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour was announced by the RS:X Class Association and the Race Organisation, today from Alicante, Spain. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will be part of the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, a youth programme which will be in each of the ten host ports of the race. The RS:X Youth Stopover Tour will promote high-level youth windsurfing and also leave a legacy in all the host ports. Auckland is the stopover port in New Zealand.

Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race and an ex-professional windsurfer
himself, looks forward to the event.

"We believe at the Volvo Ocean Race that we must support youth sailing, while
leaving a tangible legacy and with the Volvo Ocean Race Academy we are starting
this process. We have the Try sailing and Optimist Team Racing initiatives but we
were missing the windsurfing element. By helping these young RS:X windsurfers,
we are helping future Olympians and possibly Volvo Ocean Race sailors. We also
believe that by bringing the RS:X racing to the race village visitors, we can excite
and inspire people to go out and try windsurfing, therefore getting more people out
on the water, which is one of our goals."

There will be two days of RS:X racing in the stopover ports with the girls' and boys'
fleet racing. The competitors must all be under 19 years old and the local MNA's in
host countries will be holding pre-trials to assist the selection process for this special
event. The aim is to have a series of ten-minute races as close to the spectators as
possible. This will bring a thrilling and informative spectacle to the race village while
giving the keen windsurfers a great competition to hone their racing skills.

"The International RS:X Windsurfing Class is delighted to be associated with the
prestigious Volvo Ocean Race and looks forward to co-operating, in providing what
we are sure will be a spectacular display of close-quarter youth racing during the
race stopovers," says Mike Dempsey, RS:X Class President. "We take great interest
in this worldwide youth training programme and share the philosophy with the Volvo
Ocean Race of encouraging young sailors of today to follow their dream and become
the Volvo Ocean Race sailors of tomorrow."

NeilPryde, the windsurfing designer and manufacturer, fully supports the tour and is
providing the very latest RS:X Olympic equipment, which will follow the Volvo Ocean

"We are delighted to partner with the Volvo Ocean Race Youth Academy in the
organization of the RS:X Youth Stopover Tour," said Neil Pryde, CEO of NeilPryde.
"We believe that this partnership will provide the RS:X Class with a tremendous
opportunity to support the growth of Olympic windsurfing programmes aimed at
youth in the many developing countries where the Volvo Ocean Race has stopovers
and will certainly widen the geographic spread of the windsurfing sport."

The local competitors will benefit from training camps being organised by the
RS:X Class Association. There will also be a windsurfing simulator supplied by
Neil Pryde in the race village to let visitors get a feel for the sport.

Watch the RS:X video on the Volvo Ocean Race Academy YouTube channel -

Join the Volvo Ocean Race Academy Facebook fan site

Join the RS:X Class Association Facebook fan site

Dates for The Volvo Ocean Race Academy Team Racing Clinic,
Team Racing and RS:X Youth Stopover Tour -

Volvo Ocean Race Academy RS:X Youth Stopover Tour Notice of Race

For more information on the Volvo Ocean Race please visit

For information on the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, please contact:

Katie Hearsum - Volvo Ocean Race Youth Sailing Coordinator
Tel: + 34 966 011 133 Mob: + 34 676 675 740

For information on the International RS:X Class Association,
please contact:
Rory Ramsden - RS:X Class Chief Operating Officer
Mob: +33 637 500988

For media information on the Volvo Ocean Race, please contact:

Sophie Luther - Communications Manager (in Spain)
Tel: + 34 966 011 152 Mob: +34 606 894 940

Lizzie (Green) Ward - Race Press Officer (in UK)
Mob: +44 7801 185 320

Christina Gaither - Press Assistant (Spanish language)
Tel: + 34 966 011 158

High resolution images can be downloaded from

Tim Stonton - Picture Desk Manager (in Spain)
Tel: +34 966 011 151 Mob: +34 606 905 497

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Editors' Notes: The Volvo Ocean Race

The next Volvo Ocean Race will start in the Spanish port of Alicante
in the autumn of 2011 and finish in Galway, Ireland during the summer
of 2012.

The course will include stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa),
Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil),
Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).

The first 31,250 nautical-mile race first took place over 37 years ago
(as the Whitbread Round the World Race 1973-74), testing the crews against
some of the most ferocious elements that man can encounter.

The 2011-12 race will be the 11th edition of the event.

The design of the boat is regulated and the boat is built for speed.

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