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Volvo Race Boats Shipped to Next Leg Over Piracy Concerns

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Organizers of the Volvo Ocean Race are shipping five sailboats through the Indian Ocean on an armed transport vessel due to piracy concerns.

The 15-ton yachts with 31-meter masts were loaded onto a ship Wednesday at an undisclosed location before leaving on a journey to Sharjah off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.

Organizers of the around-the-world race say they decided not to allow the event to sail parts of the Indian Ocean due to increased threats by pirates.

Three more loading-unloading operations will have to be completed at other stages of the event.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October and ends in Galway, Ireland next July.

Article by VOA News