7 September 2011
Our third edition of the Auckland Stopover's e-newsletter Event HQ brings you
the latest news of the plans for the Race Village and upcoming events in the
build-up to the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race
The Race starts in Alicante (Spain) on 29 October and 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.
To date, seven teams have entered the Race, including CAMPER with Emirates
Team New Zealand.
Piracy threat forces route change
The escalating piracy problems in the Indian Ocean has forced organisers of
the Volvo Ocean Race to redraw the routes for Legs 2 and 3.
The boats were due to sail through an East African corridor in the Indian
Ocean on Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi and again in the Leg 3 from Abu Dhabi
to Sanya but, after taking advice from marine safety experts and the sport's
governing body, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the routes have
The boats will now race from Cape Town to an undisclosed ‘safe haven’ port,
be transported closer to Abu Dhabi, and then complete the Leg from there. The
process will be reversed for the third leg before the race continues on to
Read the full story 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
Watch it here
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