I'm not sure it says nothing! To me it confirms Taranto, Italy as the finishing port - that's big (so is the cheque by the sounds of it). Here's hoping the TOR announce the route sooner rather than later.It says nothing, just bla bla.
At least someone is talking about!
"An incredible event in Taranto strongly backed by Mayor Rinaldo Melucci and unanimously approved by the city council. An event that will bear the name of Taranto throughout the world. Well, I would say that this city is really at a turning point."
Thus the Councilor for sport of the Municipality of Taranto Fabiano Marti commenting on what was announced by the Mayor Melucci in the City Council that is: the Ocean Race in Taranto,
What is the Volvo Ocean Race:
The Volvo Ocean Race (formerly of the Whitbread Round the World Race) is a sailing competition around the world, held every three years. It takes its name from its current owner, Volvo. The Netherlands currently holds the record for absolute victories with three successes. The Dutchman Conny van Rietschoten is the only one to have won the race twice.
The regatta generally starts from Europe in October, and in recent editions has had 9 or 10 stages, with various in-port races in many of the cities of call.
The 2008-2009 edition of the race started in Alicante, Spain, on 11 October 2008. It was shot in India and Asia. The 2008-09 route covered almost 39,000 nautical miles (72,000 km), took more than nine months to complete, worldwide.
During the nine months of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 starting in Alicante, Spain, in October 2011 and ended in Galway, Ireland, in July 2012, the teams raced over 39,000 miles in the world's most dangerous seas, touching Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, passing from Cape Horn to Itajaí, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient.
Each of the participants has a sailing team composed of 9 professional crew members who can race day and night for more than 20 days at a time in some stages. Each of them takes on different tasks on board the ship, and on top of these there are two sailors with medical training, a sailor, an engineer and a dedicated crew member dedicated to communications.