The course for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race, due to start from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2011, is now set and the first port of call will be Cape Town, South Africa, making its eighth appearance as host to this premier ocean race.
This marks the beginning of the port announcement process for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Organizers will reveal the rest of the course around the world before the end of March.
“We have taken our time to evaluate carefully over 80 bids from ports around the world who wanted to host the event, before making our decisions. It is great to have Cape Town onboard sharing the same vision and ambitions,” said Volvo Ocean Race veteran and current CEO Knut Frostad.
Leg 1, which is 6,500 nautical miles, took 2008-09 race winner Ericsson 4 about three weeks to complete. It is one of the longest legs in the race, and historically, the team that wins this leg has gone on to claim the winner’s trophy.
This will be the 11th time that Cape Town has hosted a stopover in a Volvo Ocean or Whitbread race. The European ports of call for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2012, including the finish port, are next on the list of scheduled announcements.
For more on the event, visit www.volvooceanrace.com.