Volvo Ocean Race under way – due to reach Gothenburg in June

11:18 - 23 Oct 2017 / News

Twelve ports and 45,000 nautical miles. On Sunday, October 22, the world’s most challenging ocean race got under way in Alicante in Spain. As official Presenting Partner, the Port of Gothenburg will welcome the boats to Gothenburg in the middle of June next year, after which they will embark on the final leg of the race to the finishing line in The Hague.

Photo: Carlo Borlenghi/Volvo Ocean Race

On Sunday October 22, the competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race set sail from the Spanish port of Alicante. The seven boats are now bound for Lisbon, which is the next stop en route. The crews include Swede Henrik Strömberg, who is part of the ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ team, which is also the only team with a female skipper.

The 11th and penultimate stop in the Ocean Race is Gothenburg, where the boats will arrive in June after 10 very demanding legs and more than seven months at sea. The Port of Gothenburg is an official VOR Presenting Partner.

“It is a great privilege to be part of this incredible round the world race. It will of course be particularly pleasing for us next June when the competing boats arrive in Gothenburg,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive.

The stopover in Gothenburg is scheduled for June 14-21. The Port of Gothenburg will be represented at the City of Gothenburg Pavilion at Frihamnen. Known as the Race Village, this is where the boats will be moored throughout the week and where all the activities surrounding the stopover will take place.

“We’ll be on hand with port employees each day. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to show the people of Gothenburg how, as the port of Scandinavia, we are the gateway to the world. We can also demonstrate that we are a modern, sustainable port and a key factor in the development of the city,” said Magnus Kårestedt.

As the port authority, the Port of Gothenburg is also involved on the nautical side, where a great deal will need to be in place, both before the arrival of the seven boats, accompanied by an armada of other vessels, and throughout the stopover. Alongside all this, the port will continue to operate as normal.

On June 21, the boats will set off from Gothenburg for the final leg to The Hague.

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