A brand new digitally restored version of the official film for the 1973-74 Whitbread Round the World Race. The official film from the first Whitbread had previously only been available in low resolution, and in an inferior quality transfer from the original film reels. Now for the first time we’re able to share the 40-year-old images in high definition.

Expect more like this to be uploaded to the Official Volvo Ocean Race YouTube Channel in the future. Get all the latest updates on www.VolvoOceanRace.com



  1. The wonderful optimistic tone of the commentator is mellowed by the losses overboard.
    The shots of each competing boat at the beginning is great history as I followed the race at the time.
    A few years after this HMS Adventure(production Nicholson 55?) was used for sail training and I was luck enough to sail her for a week to the Channel Islands as a Teenager. I remember the steering would reverse if pressed too hard, I assume they did not have the problem during the race.
    Interesting to note have many woman or girls as he said were on the race. The 2018 now has returned to mixed crews being encouraged.
    Thanks Warren

  2. Una aventura increíble, como han cambiado las cosas!!! Se hace tan extraño ver las velas blancas sin ninguna marca y el sextante, quien se acuerda hoy de el!!

  3. I love the cheery way he glosses over crewmembers being lost overboard and freezing to death. "jolly good way to go , old chap!" ..Bloody Brits!

  4. all this free and fantastic content around Volvo Ocean Race makes me proud my family owned a Volvo, lol

    good stuff. can't wait to sail

  5. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich hold a 16mm copy of this film which I passed them years ago. I've informed them about this remastered version. I guess they will be delighted.

  6. Obrigado VOR por esse presente de Natal . . . Para nós, fans desta Regata Volta ao Mundo, é um prazer ver a verdadeira essência de velejar . . . Esperamos que outros filmes sejam restaurados . . . Thank you very very much . . .


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