Video: Southern Ocean Roots

With the longest edition of the Volvo Ocean Race coming next year, sailors will return to the event's Whitbread roots with 12,500nm of Southern Ocean sailing.

Around 12,500 nm of the race will take place in the Southern Ocean, the fast-moving, ice cold waters around the Antarctic where, unhindered by land, some of the deepest weather depressions circle the bottom of the global, generating giant waves and punishing, heavy winds that can peak at over 70 knots (130 km/h).

In the previous edition, the teams spent around 4,500 nm racing in the Southern Ocean.