|In a race around the world visiting twelve cities and touching six continents, the Volvo Ocean Race will stop over in Cardiff, for the very first time in its history.
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 and the two week free event will host a variety of entertainment and Volvo Ocean Race-themed attractions.
The fleet of 7 multi-million pound boats is due to arrive in Cardiff from Newport on the East Coast of the United States, sometime on or after 27 May – this may be in the middle of the night and their exact approach will depend on wind, tides etc.
The fleet departs for Gothenburg, Sweden on Sunday 10 June at 4pm out through the Bristol Channel and heading for the Irish Sea.
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., and will cover approximately 2,900 nautical miles until they reach Cardiff.
The round world race started in 1973 and sponsored by Whitbread before Volvo took over the title in 2001. It started in Spain last October and will finish in the Netherlands this summer.