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About the race

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

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The Route
Alicante
Spain

For the fourth time, the Volvo Ocean Race will start from the Spanish city of Alicante, marking the beginning of an epic nine-month journey. Follow the first leg from 22 October.

Lisbon
Portugal

Lisbon is hosting the race for a third consecutive edition and this time it’s with a bit of a twist. Since 2016, the city has been home to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard.

Cape Town
South Africa

The V&A Waterfront will be the centre of attention in sports-mad Cape Town, when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet arrives around the end of November after the 6,300 mile second leg from Lisbon.

Melbourne
Australia

Melbourne was the Volvo Ocean Race’s best kept secret until January, when it was unveiled as a surprise addition to the 2017-18 route.

Guangzhou
China

Guangzhou is another first for the Volvo Ocean Race. The fleet will be based at Nansha Marina on the Pearl River. This will be the fourth edition in succession to feature a stop in China.

Hong Kong
Asia

Hong Kong is a first for the Volvo Ocean Race. It’s a chance for sailors to recharge batteries after an exhausting start.

Auckland
New Zealand

Auckland is one of the Volvo Ocean Race’s most storied stopovers – the ‘City of Sails’. It’s also New Zealand’s most populous city, and first featured in the second edition in 1977-78.

Itajai
Brazil

This will complete the hat-trick for Itajaí as the Volvo Ocean Race Brazilian stopover. Brazilian fans are crazy about the race, and the country has a long history of welcoming our boats.

Newport
Rhode Island

Newport is one of America’s most famous sailing hubs. The second consecutive visit to Rhode Island, and after an incredible debut in the 12th edition, we can’t wait to go back.

Cardiff
Wales

The arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018 completes a world-class sporting double for the Welsh capital city, which hosts the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017.

Gothenburg
Sweden

This is where it all began for Sweden’s most iconic and loved brand – and Sweden doesn’t get much more Swedish than Gothenburg, a city of half a million people.

The Hague
The Netherlands

The Hague has gone from pit-stop to finish line. Dutch fans will turn out to host the big 2017-18 finish, and support their home-town entrant, team AkzoNobel!

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