How to follow the Volvo Ocean Race Leg 1 start

The race begins at 1200 UTC on Sunday

It's finally here – the official start of the 2017-18 edition – and a Leg 1 sprint from Alicante to Lisbon. It's going to be 1,450nm of flat out action, with the teams fighting for every inch as they aim to get some points on the board early on in this edition.

Here's how to follow the five day race down the coast of Spain, through the Gibraltar Strait and into the Portuguese capital:

Watch it on the website

Head to www.volvooceanrace.com to catch a live stream of the action.

Check out Facebook Live

We'll go live at 1330 local time (1130 UTC) – you can go here to schedule a reminder so you don't miss it.

Join us on our live blog

We'll be blogging all the moves and news from the racetrack on our live blog, including the best of clips and social content, from 1200 local (1000 UTC). You can find it at www.volvooceanrace.com

Make sure you follow us on Twitter

We're at @volvoooceanrace... and we'll be live tweeting the action, as well as sharing the best content from the teams, stakeholders and fans on our feed.

Download the app

It's all-new, full of great content and fits on your mobile phone. Why wouldn't you want the official Volvo Ocean Race app? Head to the App Store or Google Play to download it. It's called Volvo Ocean Race.

Come down to the Race Village

Based in the port of Alicante, we've built the biggest Race Village site the city has ever seen – and it's jam packed full of interactive elements, innovative structures and loads of exciting things to do.

Head to a vantage point

Join the thousands of spectators on Postiguet Beach to see the boats in action, or line the sea wall for a front row seat. If you're feeling fit, why not hike up the castle for the best view in the city?