Published: Wednesday, 18 October 2017

First time to host the Volvo Ocean Race, Guangzhou will officially open its Race Village to the public on January 31, while the fleet arrival and the official welcome ceremony are expected on February 1.

 Guangzhou Prepares For Volvo Ocean Race Stopover

(Photo: Volvo Ocean Race)

The Host City will arrange a five-day program for the public including local activations, sailing experiences, performances and entertainment. An In-port Race will be held on February 3 in the waters right outside Nansha Marina.

Volvo Ocean Race will also be bringing its popular attractions such as the Doom and the Cross-section for visit on-site.

This is also the first time for the Race to enter the first-tier city of China.

Started in Alicante (Spain) on October 22 and finish in the Hague (the Netherlands) in coming June, the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is visiting 12 stopovers – Alicante, Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff, Gothenburg, The Hague – covering 45,000nm, which is three-times-more Southern Ocean than in previous editions.

The Race will be made up of seven highly qualified and professional sailing teams.

The participating teams are: AkzoNobel, Dongfeng Race, MAPFRE, Vestas 11th Hour Racing, Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag, Turn The Tide on Plastic and Brunel. The teams will have to complete 11 legs competing for the scores to win the overall trophy of the Race.