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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 21 - The next generation?

'Volvo Ocean Racers back in the water at the Viaduct ready for In Port Racing'    Richard Gladwell    Click Here to view large photo

Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race finished on Saturday night, and the Race Village is open in the Viaduct.

The Global Party is underway with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free

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Issue 21

14 March 2012

Five of the yachts are now back in the water - just Team Sanya remains hauled-out and is due to return to the water Thursday morning, ready for the practice race.

Read the latest Volvo Ocean Race news here

Thursday is Brazil day at the Global Party. Check our website for full details of the day's entertainment. See you there!

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 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 now scheduled to arrive in Auckland at the end of Leg 4 from Sanya (China) on Saturday 10 March 2012 (subject to change). 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.

Coming down to the Race Village

Check out isitbusy.co.nz to find out about any transport delays and to see what's going on in the Race Village.

Website

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

The next generation?

Uploaded ImageLook around the Race Village this week and you’ll see big groups of excited schoolchildren. By Thursday, some 650 pupils will have visited the Village as part of a Schools Programme carefully planned by volunteer schools coordinator Meredith Graham and marketing coordinator Sam Henry.

The first day was a little disrupted by the inclement weather. “Monday was challenging but amazing in the way the team pulled together to get the children on the water,” said Graham. “Many thanks to Explore NZ who donated the Dolphin Explorer at short notice when it wasn’t possible to use Lion NZ. The skipper was very knowledgeable and informative & gave the children a great insight to what’s out there.”

Art Workshops are being held with João Parrhina, Sea Skeleton sculptor, creating portions of the Whale’s Tail sculpture out of the rubbish collected last Saturday from Motuihi Island. The children also view the “Keep the Oceans Clean!!” six minute film in the Dome cinema to set the scene.

“Our big picture for the whole term has been challenge and we figure you couldn’t get a bigger challenge than going to sea on an ocean yacht!” said Rangeview Intermediate School Team Leader Olwyn Grant. “The kids were very impressed with the video that showed how some of the animals died. We heard comments ‘that was really sad’ and they just hadn’t thought about it to the same extent.”

The exuberance around the tables in the Voyager NZ Maritime Museum workshop with hands reaching rapidly for bits of rubbish showed the enthusiasm of the Rangeview pupils wanting to create their piece of whale tail.

The Try-Sailing experience inside the Viaduct Harbour was another big hit and a first chance for many to get up close to the water. The wind obliged and the Ludic yachts skimmed across the inner Viaduct harbour to great delight of the new young sailors.

The NZ Sailing Trust has made the 80 foot maxi yacht Lion NZ available for a 30 minute harbour sail. The children from Karaka School had lessons on using the grinder before the girls’ team hoisted the genoa sail and Skipper Tom turned off the engine.

The Trust, inspired by Sir Peter Blake, provides a fantastic experience for school children with the chance to learn about different aspects of sailing from chart work, night watches and boat safety.

During their visit, each school also visits the Voyager NZ Maritime Museum for a tour covering the maritime history of New Zealand, the Volvo Pavilion displaying state of the art vehicles and technology and a walk through the Village.

Back to school!

Uploaded ImageRob Salthouse has been back to school - his old primary school.

Hundreds of children at Greenhithe Primary School sat enthralled as Salty told stories of life onboard a Volvo Ocean 70 - the world's fastest monohull.

It was the first time that Salty has had the chance to go back to visit the school since he left.

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