The Volvo Ocean Race Returns to British Shores with the Cardiff Stopover
Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. The 2017-2018 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities. Following the fleet’s departure from Newport (Rhode Island, USA – that is!), they are due to arrive in Cardiff on 28 May.
To celebrate, Cardiff Bay will play host to a free festival, from 27 May to 10 June – with the first week of the event being half-term, there’s fun for all the entire family. This is the only UK stopover, so show your support and give the teams a big Welsh welcome!
Visitors can explore the Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions, including a film-showing at The Globe sustainability centre and replica Volvo-65 – and even get out on the water with free water sports sessions. Otherwise, visit the many activity stands and locally sourced food stalls, or – simply kick back, relax and enjoy the live music.
The Cardiff Stopover festival has so much to offer, with a variety of extra events such as the only chance to see the NoFit State Circus performance, Lexicon, in Wales. Also, the opportunity to put your crew to the ultimate test and try something new with a Cardiff Stopover teambuilding session.
It’s guaranteed to appeal to a variety of visitors. Put it in your diary now, it’s too good to miss!
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8 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE…
1) The race began in 1973, then called the Whitbread Round the World Race, and is now established as one of the big three sailing events in the world, alongside the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games.
2) It’s the ultimate ocean marathon, across the world’s toughest oceans, covering a distance of 46,000 nautical miles over nine months.
3) Over four decades it’s kept an almost mythical hold over some of the world’s greatest sailors. To win it becomes an obsession. The sailors endure extreme conditions, and since the race began, five have tragically been lost at sea.
4) Teams will compete in the Volvo Ocean 65 one-design, a class of identical boats that cannot be modified in any way.
5) The 2017-18 race will limit all-male teams to seven sailors, giving mixed teams a significant numerical advantage. In addition, showing a commitment to youth sailing, two crew members must be under the age of 30.
6) Twelve cities are hosting Race Village stopover events, including Cape Town, Auckland and, of course, Cardiff!
7) There are over 1,000 people involved in the organisation of the race and two identical ‘Race Village kits’, made up of the event infrastructure, that leapfrog around the world to each host city.
8) During the 2017-18 race, the fleet will blast across the North Atlantic from Newport Rhode Island on the transatlantic leg to Cardiff, which is worth double points. It’ll be the first time the race has returned to British shores in 12 years.
The best way to follow this incredible adventure is via the Volvo Ocean Race app: www.volvooceanracecardiff.com/about-the-race/. For more information about the Cardiff stopover, visit www.volvooceanracecardiff.com.
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