Volvo Ocean Race has announced that Lisbon, Portugal, will host a stopover in the race in each of the next two editions.
Lisbon was also a stopover for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The Portuguese capital will be back on the route for the 12th edition in 2014-15 and again for the 13th in 2017-18, Volvo Ocean Race COO Tom Touber announced on 1 March 2013.
The boats will reach Lisbon in 2015 after setting out from Newport, Rhode Island and crossing the Atlantic back to Europe.
'What Lisbon achieved in the last Race was remarkable when you think that the city was making its debut,' said Race COO Touber, who made the announcement at the Torreão Nascente in Portugal's historic capital.
'Lisbon is a great port city and the people came out in their thousands to welcome the sailors as their own. The Race Village was a hive of activity, with everyone coming together to give the stopover a distinct Portuguese feel. It was a truly great success and we can't wait to come back.'
Groupama Sailing Team, skippered by Franck Cammas from France, leads the fleet as they approach the 25 de Abril Bridge, in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 - Ian Roman-Volvo Ocean Race©
Mayor of Lisbon, António Costa, added, 'Welcoming the Volvo Ocean Race to Lisbon for its next editions will again represent a great opportunity to promote the culture and heritage of Lisbon on a global scale.
'This will be an important landmark for the City as a privileged stage for great events. In addition, the event will also give us the opportunity to promote regular sport among our population, in this case directly related to sailing, a sport with great tradition in the country and one of the few in which we have a rich background in terms Olympic athletes.
'It is in the best interest of the city of Lisbon to create the best conditions possible in order to continue hosting the Volvo Ocean Race in Lisbon.'
Lisbon is the eighth Host Port to be announced for the 2014-15 Race, which already has three confirmed and publicly announced teams with more than 18 months to go before the start.
CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand passes Padrão dos Descobrimentos monument at the start of Leg eight from Lisbon, Portugal. Volvo Ocean race 2011-12. 10/6/2012 Chris Cameron-ETNZ©
The Race will start from its home in Alicante, Spain before visiting Recife in Brazil and going on to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi. Later in the Race, the teams will dock at Auckland, before rounding Cape Horn and reaching Itajaí, the second of two Brazilian stopovers. From there, the route takes the teams north to Newport and across the Atlantic to Lisbon. The Race will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the final stopovers, as well as dates and distances, to be announced in the coming weeks.
The three teams so far announced are the all-female Team SCA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, which will once again feature Britain's twice Olympic silver medallist Ian Walker as skipper, and a team from the Brazilian state of Pernambuco.
Volvo Ocean Race are committed and have the building process underway for eight boats, one more than the previous edition, which will all be one-design and share common parts during stopovers as a means of reducing cost. The 65ft boats have been designed to be used for the next two Volvo Ocean Races.
Team Telefonica, skippered by Iker Martinez from Spain is surrounded by support and spectator boats, in the Oeiras In-Port Race in Lisbon, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Paul Todd-Volvo Ocean Race©
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