Kiwis are set once again to dominate the world’s toughest sailing event, the Volvo Ocean Race when the first leg of the 2017/2018 edition, gets underway this Sunday, from Alicante, Spain.
Ten of New Zealand’s best sailors are spread through the fleet, including America’s Cup heroes Pete Burling and Blair Tuke, three-time race winner Brad Jackson leading team AkzoNobel, and Bianca Cook, the first Kiwi woman competitor in almost two decades.
The nine-month race, which stops over in Auckland in March, will see the sailors race 45,000 nautical miles, across four oceans, passing through five continents.
The Auckland Volvo Ocean Race stopover will be the first major sailing event in the city since New Zealand won the America’s Cup and is a halfway point for the race.
Opening on 24 February, it will run through to 18 March and is set to be one of the biggest events in the city’s calendar.
The Auckland Stopover Race Village
The Auckland Stopover Race Village will feature a free schedule of entertainment from 24 February until 18 March.
There's live entertainment and local sailing events amongst the hive of activity in the Viaduct Harbour.
You can try sailing with Yachting New Zealand from the Karanga Plaza steps and try out Volvo's product deck and immerse youself in their virtual reality experience.
Eastern Viaduct will host The Globe, which showcases an amazing cinematic show, or crawl inside The Cross Section of the VO65 to find out how life is aboard, then check out the amazing clothing sponsors' product showcase.
The Peroni and Stoneleigh Bar will be open on Te Wero Island and you can check out The Boatyard and Team Pavilions in the VEC and on Halsey Wharf.
Daily activities during the Auckland Stopover include:
- Try Sailing from the Karanga Plaza steps
- The Globe and cinema on Eastern Viaduct
- The Cross Section of the Volvo Open 65 on Eastern Viaduct
- visit The Boatyard in the Viaduct Events Centre.
There's live music and entertainment every day, including a number of free seminars.
The fleet sails out for Itajai, Brazil on Sunday 18 March, when we farewell the boats from the Race Village.