Dutch Team Delta Lloyd is 8th to confirm for Volvo Ocean Race

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Mumbai, Sep 16 (UNI) It was confirmed today that the Dutch yacht Team Delta Lloyd will be the eighth entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, that starts in Alicante, Spain, on October 4.

The team will be sailing the winning boat from the 2005-06 event and will sail under the Dutch flag with sail number NED -1. The international crew will be skippered by Ireland's Ger Rourke.

Volvo Ocean Race Chief Executive Knut Frostad, in a release today, said, ''I am very excited that we have an eighth entry in the Volvo Ocean Race, and I am particularly pleased that the latest entry is Dutch. The Netherlands has played a big part in this event since the first race in 1973 and we are very pleased that we continue to attract entries from this country.'' Mr Frostad said he has long been a fan of boats being capable of doing more than one race. ''The spirit of this campaign is one that I admire. The team has a good boat, the winning boat from the 2005-06 race, and I am looking forward to watching their performance throughout the duration of the event,'' he said.

The other teams include Ericsson Racing 1 (Sweden), Ericsson Racing 2 (Sweden), Puma Ocean Racing (US), Green Dragon Team (Ireland), Team Russia (Russia), Telefonica Blue (Spain) and Telefonica Black (Spain).

The Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 will be the 10th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain, on October 4, 2008 with in-port racing, it will, for the first time, take in Cochin, India, Singapore and Qingdao, China before finishing in St Petersburg, Russia for the first time in the history of the race.

Spanning some 37,000 nautical miles, stopping at 11 ports and taking nine months to complete, the Volvo Ocean Race is the world's premier yacht race for professional racing crews.

The most extreme edition of the Volvo Ocean Race makes Cochin the first Asian Stopover. Volvo Ocean Race has decided for the first time ever to include India in the route and they could not have chosen a better port than Cochin to do this.

To celebrate this great event, there are plans for installations that will be open to the public over 10 days (from December 3 to December 13) to receive all of the visitors, who are interested in experiencing the Volvo Ocean Race Cochin Stopover event first-hand, the release added.

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