Last October, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet 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. The Volvo Ocean Race festival site, called the Race Village, will be located on the scenic Cardiff Bay Barrage. The two week free event will host a variety of entertainment and Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions… So put it in your diary now, it’s going to be too good to miss!

Volvo Ocean Race app

The best way to follow this incredible nine-month adventure, as 66 men and women race around the world, is via the Volvo Ocean Race app:

10 things you need to know about the Volvo Ocean Race…


The Volvo Ocean Race began in 1973 and is now established as one of the big three sailing events in the world, alongside the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games.


It’s the ultimate ocean marathon, across the world’s toughest oceans, covering a distance of 46,000 nautical miles over eight months.


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.


Teams will compete in the Volvo Ocean 65 one-design, a class of identical boats that cannot be modified in any way.




The 2017-18 race will limit all-male teams to seven sailors, giving mixed teams a significant numerical advantage. Plus, with a commitment to youth sailing, two crew members must be under the age of 30.


During the global race, 12 cities bid to host the Race Village stopover event, including Cape Town, Auckland and, of course, Cardiff! 


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. 


For 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 Volvo Ocean Race will reach Cardiff in May 2018. In celebration, Cardiff Bay will host a free, two-week event from 27 May to 10 June 2018.


The event will showcase the Volvo Ocean Race and In-Port Race, as well as a festival where visitors can enjoy Welsh culture, entertainment and much more!

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