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image for Regatta/Water Event item typeVolvo Ocean Race at Cardiff Bay

Regatta/Water Event, Sun 27 May - Sun 10 Jun 2018, free entry

Image Credit: Amory Ross

Image Credit: Amory Ross

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THE VOLVO OCEAN RACE RETURNS TO BRITISH SHORES WITH THE CARDIFF STOPOVER

In October, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain, on a race around the world. It will visit 12 cities, touch six continents – and for the first time in its history, the race will stop in Cardiff, Wales, from 27 May to 10 June 2018.

Visitors to the two-week free event in Cardiff Bay can explore the Race Village, find out more about the endurance contest in the Volvo Ocean Race cinema, take a photograph with the iconic trophy and participate in a range of action-packed activities.
The festival will have a true Welsh flavour, with producers offering locally-sourced food and drink – from popular street food vendors to bars serving real ale, alongside live music sessions on the waterfront.

So add the event to your diary – it’s going to be too good to miss!

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/.

Baby changing facilitiesCash PointCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (with charge)Disabled toiletsOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 27 May - Sun 10 Jun 2018

Prices

Free entry

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 27 May - Sun 10 Jun Volvo Ocean Race
Fri 6 - Sun 8 Jul Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival
Fri 3 - Sat 11 Aug 2018 National Eisteddfod
Sat 25 - Mon 27 Aug Extreme Sailing Series

Contact

Volvo Ocean Race

029 2087 7900

Address

South East Wales,
CF10 5AN

Location

Directions

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Map reference: ST 189747  Lat: 51.46543 Long: -3.16885

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups