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Volvo Ocean Race unveils details of Cardiff stopover

Volvo Ocean Race unveils details of Cardiff stopover

Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race

Cardiff has been chosen as the destination for the first Volvo Ocean Race transatlantic leg to the United Kingdom in 12 years when the world’s leading offshore race makes its debut visit to Wales in 2018 from May 25-June 10.


The transatlantic leg is traditionally one of the nine-month event’s biggest highlights and toughest tests for sailors in often challenging conditions.


Sailors will leave Newport, Rhode Island, U.S, on May 20 and will cross approximately 2,900 nautical miles until they reach Cardiff. The arrival date in Wales will depend on weather conditions.


The 43-year-old Volvo Ocean Race is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious sporting events. The round-the-world yacht race is held every three years and is widely regarded as one of the most challenging endurance events on the sporting calendar.


Antonio Bolanos Lopez, acting CEO, Volvo Ocean Race, said: "Our stopover in Cardiff promises to be one of the real highlights of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18. The event is returning to the United Kingdom for the first time in 12 years, but this is the first time our world-class fleet will have visited Wales, despite the country’s rich sea-faring tradition.


“Cardiff’s harbour will make the perfect backdrop for our boats, which will come after a thrilling transatlantic leg from Newport, Rhode Island. We are very confident that the Welsh race fans - and many more from overseas - will visit Cardiff in huge numbers during the stopover from 25 May to 10 June 10 to witness this spectacular event, meet the sailors, and see our boats close up for themselves. It will be an unforgettable memory for all of us.”


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