Cape Town to Host Volvo Ocean Race Stopover
Leg one at 6,500 nautical miles is one of the longest in the race and historically the team that wins this leg has gone on to claim the winner's trophy.
"We have received port bids from many different cities, each with their own cultures, specialities and challenges. We have taken our time to evaluate carefully over 80 bids from ports around the world who wanted to host the event, before making our decisions. As we continue to improve and lift the bar for our stopovers, it is great to have Cape Town onboard sharing the same vision and ambitions," commented Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.
For Cape Town, hosting the 11th Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread will be the biggest event following its hosting of the FIFA World Cup. Over two million tickets have been grabbed for the World Cup, which takes place throughout South Africa in June this year.
The V&A Waterfront will be a perfect place for shore crews to prepare the boats for the next test in the race, and for guests to enjoy the ambiance and unique atmosphere this ocean classic generates.
As said, the European ports of call for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012, including the finish port will be the next to be announced and the entire route is set to be revealed before the end of March.