Volvo (sailing?)

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The thrill factor some may find in a Porche 911 isn’t there, but the Volvo Ocean Race 2005 – 2006 is very involving in that one can take part in the virtual counterpart of a real sailboat race sponsored by Volvo–and it is happening right now! Click on “Latest Multimedia” for audio and video clips. Of greater interest may be the ability to follow the race with the downloadable “Virtual Spectator” designed by Virtual Spectator*, and described for use with this race as follows:

Observe the racing from the deck of Brasil 1, view the rest of the fleet from the top of the mast of The Black Pearl, or follow the movement of the fleet from the outer reaches of earth’s atmosphere as the 6-hourly updates give you the latest positions of the race participants as they move around the globe.

Move backwards in time and view the historical moves of the competitors. Look ahead to the expected weather systems, and anticipate how each of the boats will react.

* Have a look around the Virtual Spectator site for some pretty nifty self-serving 3-D animation advertisements/demonstrations for their own services. Too bad there isn’t any audio. (But then again….)

Multimedia requirements: Virtual Spectator (download available onsite), Windows Media Player, Apple Quicktime, Macromedia Flash

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One Response to “Volvo (sailing?)”

  1. SippinWhisky’s Distillery » Blog Archive » Tour the Black Pearl Says:

    […] Life can be very strange. I lived in the mid-west for a while and found all the yacht racing (on large lakes) I could want. I then moved back to the Atlantic coast and now cannot find a spot as crew on a racing yacht anywhere. For those who know little about me, that explains my keeping up with the Volvo Ocean Race. […]

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