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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 11 - Race Village build begins

by VOR Auckland Stopover on 21 Feb 2012
Camper and the rest of the Volvo Ocean Race fleet start leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand. Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race© http://www.volvooceanrace.com

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover

It's now just 15 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.

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Issue 11

20 February 2012

After a controversial decision to delay the fleet and split Leg 4 into two stages, the fleet is off and racing to Auckland! Read the latest news here

It's now just 16 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive here and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.

The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race

The Race features nine Legs with Stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) with the finish in Galway (Ireland) in July 2012.

Six teams have entered the Race, including CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand.

News from CAMPER

Keep up to date with the latest news direct from Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER by reading the ETNZ blog. Read more [Sorry, this link had a problem]s" href="http://etnzblog.com/#%21news" target="_blank">here.

Follow the Race

The organisers of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race have made it easy to follow the live action from the Race every minute of the day. There's live video streaming, a Race Tracker, blogs, daily updates on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in addition to global media coverage. Find all the links here

The Auckland Stopover

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is due to arrive in Auckland at the end of Leg 4 from Sanya (China) on Thursday 8 March 2012. The Pro-Am Race is on Friday 16 March and the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March. The Start of Leg 5 will take place on Sunday 18 March.

View the Race Village

Get a sneak preview of the the Auckland Stopover with our 3D flyover video and see how Auckland's Viaduct Harbour will be transformed next March into the Race Village. Watch it here

Website

Keep up to date with all the news from the Auckland Stopover on our new website . We are on Facebook and Twitter too.

Race Village build begins

Village buildThe massive logistical operation to build the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race began in the Viaduct today.

Bob Harvey, Chair of Waterfront Auckland, welcomed the Auckland Stopover Operations team, led by Kerry Ellis (Head of Venues & Operations) as they started work on the Race Village site.

"I'm proud to see Auckland's waterfront space utilised for the Auckland Stopover," said Auckland Mayor Len Brown. "Wynyard Quarter and Te Wero Island is the natural home for such a prestigious and eagerly anticipated event and thousands of New Zealanders and international visitors have vivid memories of this area as the spectator home for previous international sailing events."

Over the next 16 days, the Auckland Stopover Operations team will construct a Race Village with a footprint of more than 20,000 sqm, co-ordinate the arrival, unloading and storage of 150 shipping containers, create six Team Bases for the competing yachts, oversee the building of the Volvo Experience, sponsor pavilions, the entertainment stage, public bars, the set-up of Race HQ, the Media Centre and much more.

"As the owner of the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, we are delighted to see the build get underway. There's been months of meticulous planning to get to this stage," said Jennah Wootten, Manager, Major Events for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. "We have partnered with Mayo& for this project, they have a great team of staff and volunteers in place and we're looking forward to getting the job done ready for the opening of the Village on 8 March and the arrival of the fleet."

Pictured above are Bob Harvey (fourth from right) welcoming Grant Calder, Head of Commercial & Marketing (third from right) and the Auckland Stopover Operations team.

Stirring farewell for CAMPER

Uploaded ImageEmirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER left the dock for the start of Leg 4 to Auckland with a stirring farewell from kapa haka group Pounamu.

Earlier, Maori culture mixed with Chinese dragons as kapa haka took centre stage at the official handover ceremony from Sanya to Auckland as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepared to leave China..

Auckland based performing group Pounamu made the trip to Sanya as part of the Auckland Stopover delegation and featured in the global television coverage of the Start of Leg 4 to Auckland.

The NZ delegation was led by Auckland Stopover chairman Sir John Wells and Port Director Tom Mayo.

Sanya on TV One


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