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Smallest field ever for the Ocean Race

SAILING: When the Volvo Ocean Race starts this weekend in Alicante, it will feature the smallest starting field in the event's 38-year history -- and perhaps the most evenly matched.

A fleet of six yachts will compete in the gruelling around-the-world race, hoping to navigate more than 39,000 nautical miles.

The boats are expected to reach the finish line in Galway, Ireland in July 2012.