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Ride the Wave. Volvo Ocean Race Around the World!. Ride the Wave! Catherine Maloney Susan Bogart Cold Spring Harbor School District Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Ride the Wave!. What is the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World? Where can I find information about the Volvo Race?

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Ride the Wave

Volvo Ocean Race Around the World!


Ride the Wave!

Catherine Maloney

Susan Bogart

Cold Spring Harbor School District

Cold Spring Harbor, New York


Ride the Wave!

  • What is the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World?
  • Where can I find information about the Volvo Race?
  • How can I use the Volvo Ocean Race in the classroom?
  • How can I integrate the Volvo Ocean Race into my curriculum?
  • What skills in technology will the class learn creating an
  • outcome reflecting its understanding of the ports of call.

What is the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World?

Imagine putting your class aboard a high-tech, seventy-foot sailboat and spending the school year vicariously racing six other boats on a 32,000 nautical miles spin around the world, visiting nine fascinating ports of call along the way!

The Volvo Ocean Race, sponsored by the Swedish auto maker, allows your students to follow the race, via the internet (, plotting positions and reading action-packed e-mails from the crews, describing the problems faced daily in some of the world’s wildest waters! The internet has made it possible for my students to learn so much about geography, navigation, survival skills and develop respect for the cultural differences around the world.


How can I use the Volvo Race in my classroom?

Working in pairs, students visit daily to read up-to-date news coverage, record position data and plot their boat on map in their ship logs. Boat tracking is color coded on a master map on the bulletin board, so once the students plot their boat’s latitude-longitude, they can compare their boat’s position to the other racers.

During opening exercises, students share the news from their boats. Depending on which leg is involved, news could relate to dismastings, rudder problems, sighting of sea-life, flying fish landing on decks, iceberg ahead, slippery decks, rough seas, injuries or damaged sails.


How can I integrate the Volvo Race in my curriculum?


Graham, Robin Lee, The Dove

Avi, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Avi, Windcatcher

Fox, Paula, Slave Dancer

Stevenson, R.L., Treasure Island

Paulsen, Gary, Voyage of the Frog

Social Studies

Customs, cultures


Different maps, different uses

Time Zones

History of sailing, exploration and trade

Newspapers, E-mails from skippers

“Life at the Extreme,” Volvo Ocean Race


Biographical sketches of crew at


More Curriculum Connections



Mileage calculations


Conversion from Celsius to Farenheit


Compass Rose, Degrees,Angles


Problem solving

Elapsed Time Calculations

Graphing Data

Grids and Coordinates


Global Communications

Computer technology

Global weather patterns

Weather instruments



Saving Long Island Sound

Seasons and the Hemispheres

Wind belts

Ocean Currents


Health and Physical Fitness


FDA Food Pyramid

Physical Fitness

First Aid

Survival Skills


Nutrition at Sea

Risk vs. Accomplishment

Leadership qualities

Coping Skills

Time Management

In Crisis...Stop! Think! Action!

The Arts

Sea Chanties

Folk Songs

Classical Music...Debussy’s La Mer

Music defining Port of Call

Creative Outcomes

Port of Call Power Points

Poems celebrating the sea

Music Appreciation Around the World


What supplies do I need to set the stage for learning?

Computers with Internet Connection

Globes, Atlases, Nautical Charts Good for verifying accurate latitude/longitude for

ports of call.

Hand-out Booklet provides the following:

Legs and Dates

Keeping a Daily Log for one boat

Plotting Map of the World

Plotting Map for Leg 5 (Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore)

Plotting Map for Leg 7 New York to Portsmouth, England)

Logging Data Sheets

Compass Rose

Summary sheet for review of E-mails and news

Port of Call PowerPoint Requirements

Around Alone 1998-1999


Position and Data Sheet...February 22

CMG=Compass Heading EDC=Estimated Distance Completed DTF= Distance to Finish

Pirates of Caribbean Data Sheet...February 22


Plotting Sheet

Leg 5

Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore


Think of all the treasure hunts you can set up on the playground so your students can practice using their compass skills!

The compass is also a great tool for teaching angles.


Leg 5 – Rio de Janeiro to Baltimore/Annapolis

March 25

5,000 Nautical Miles

Daily Duties Aboard!

Log on to

Record data on Daily Data Sheet

Plot your boat’s position on your Leg 5 map

Use your Daily Data Sheet to answer the following questions:

1. In what direction is your boat sailing?

2. How far is your boat from Rio de Janeiro?

3. How many nautical miles is the closest boat off your stern?

4. How far is your boat from the leader?

5. If your boat continues to sail at its present speed, on what date is your ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)?

6. What is your range of wind speed from March 25 to April 1? What reasons can you give for the change in wind speed?

7. Review your log and create a T-Bar chart reflecting the relationship between the wind speed and the speed of your boat.

8.Round out the DTF for the fleet, to the nearest ten.

9. What was the average speed of the fleet for today?

10. Through what body of water will you be sailing as you approach Baltimore?

11. Any news from your boat? Check E-mails and news releases. Record news on

Comments sheet.

12. When your boat reaches Baltimore, create a headline and a lead paragraph summarizing

the highlights of the events aboard your boat for leg 5.

13. Using information from your Daily Data Sheet, create a bar graph showing the distances

covered by each boat by April 1.


Volvo Ocean Race 2005-2006

Comment Sheet


Check E-mails and news on daily and summarize highlights.


Field Trips

Baltimore/Annapolis...May 5-7

Family will travel to Baltimore and Annapolis to see the Volvo boats.

After spending a day touring the sites in Baltimore, families will tour colonial Annapolis, the Naval Academy and Annapolis Harbor. The highlight of the trip will be a walk across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, where they will watch the boats take off on Leg 6 to New York City.

New York City...Boats will be at South Street Seaport from May 8-11 preparing for Leg 7, New York to Portsmouth, England.

Soundwaters...June 19

Sail aboard an 80-foot, three-masted schooner, into Long Island Sound, where students will get to hoist the sails, haul the fishing net, and learn about Long Island Sound’s ecology at the salt marsh and the water station.

They’ll sit silently for a while and listen to the waves slapping the hull, the sails snapping in the breeze, and they’ll hear the whistle of the wind through the halyards...great time to ” think poetry!”


Additional Information from Around Alone 1998-1999

  • Nutrition and Sea Fare
  • The Compass
  • Latitude and Longitude
  • Time Belts
  • Map Reading on land and at sea
  • Plotting
  • Waves, Weather and Currents
  • Weather Station
  • Seasons
  • Sails: The Engines of a Sailboat
  • Ocean Ecology
  • Navigation
  • Making landfall
  • Nautical Glossary