Volvo Ocean Race moves towards Kochi

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Kochi, Nov 15 (UNI) As the world's fastest racing yachts leave Cape Town for Kochi on the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race today, the organisers here are preparing to give the local public a simulated experience of 'life at the extreme'.

At the Volvo Ocean Race Exhibition at the 'Race Village' at Willingdon Island here, a world class simulator would be in place to give the local public an interactive 'Volvo Ocean Race Experience', Cochin Port Trust officials said.

Comprising the 'Ride', the 'Dome', the 'Pool' and the 'Grinding Challenge', the interactive experience would give the public a sense of what it is like to be at sea on a Volvo Open 70 in extreme conditions.

While the 'Ride' is the simulator, the 'Dome' is a cinematic representation of life on board during the race. The 'Pool' allows participants to show their tactical skills on scale model Volvo Ocean Race boats during an 'in-port' race. The 'Grinding Challenge' is a test of strength, showing just how physically demanding the boats can be.

An exhibition of Indian brands, named 'Ocean Race Trade Fest', will also be organized from December 2 to 13 to give a platform for the launch of products and services.

The Volvo Ocean Race, described as the ultimate mix of sports, business and glamour, will have a ten-day halt at Kochi from December 3.

Starting from Alicante in Spain last month, the eight participating teams are raring to start from Cape Town for Kochi today.

Kochi is the only stopover for the race in India, which is including Asia for the first time.

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