Hundreds of applicants have signed up as volunteers for the Auckland Stopover
and volunteer registration is now closed.
“Just under 500 volunteers have registered on the database and we’ve been
blown away by the quality and commitment,” says Port Director Tom Mayo.
“Professionals and superannuants, students and yachties from all over New
Zealand and overseas have got involved and many have already put in long days in
the final planning phase for the event.”
The majority of volunteers are New Zealanders but applications also came from
Australia, Belgium, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Lithuania, Russia, Sri Lanka,
South Africa, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The age range is from 16 to 78.
The volunteers are filling roles both on and off the water including
accreditation, information services, media operations, Volvo Experience
assistants, backstage positions, drivers, dock marshals, Try Sailing, spectator
services and much more.
One will be dressed as Wisdom the Albatross, the official mascot of Keep the
Oceans Clean! initiative. Others will be assisting with the Air Balls, the
Grinding Challenge and the model Volvo Cars and Trucks. Groups will work in
spectator services, shore team support, event operations, container storage and
other support areas.
“We’ve appointed 320 volunteers to specific roles to date,” says Mayo. “We’ve
got one final big training session on Saturday 11 February and ten days later we
start to build the Race