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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 5 - Ready to Race

'Pro-Am Race day during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 Alicante stopover. Fleet.'    Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

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Issue 5

28 October 2011

And they're off! The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race opens with the first In-Port Race in Alicante tomorrow, Saturday 29 October, with Leg 1 starting a week later, on Saturday 5 November. This fifth edition of our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from 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. Recent updates include a video from skipper Chris Nicholson and a look back at races of years past by shore manager Kevin Shoebridge.

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 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 www.volvooceanraceauckland.com We are on Facebook and Twitter too.

Auckland team in Alicante

Alicante VillageAuckland Stopover Port Director Tom Mayo and Grant Calder, the Head of Commercial & Marketing for the Stopover, have made the long trip to Alicante, Spain, for final meetings with the Volvo Ocean Race HQ staff, the organisers of the

Alicante Race Village, the six teams' shore crews and other key Stopover Port personnel.

"It's the last planning and conference opportunity for all the Stopover Ports before the Race starts and we're getting answers to a lot of questions," says Mayo. "The Alicante Race Village looks fantastic and it's invaluable for us to examine the infrastructure in detail as we enter our final phase of planning. We have 131 days before the fleet arrives in Auckland."

Watch the Race on TV1

TVNZ is the offical broadcaster of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race in New Zealand and will be screening extensive coverage on TV1.

The schedule for the first two Legs (subject to change) is:

2.30pm on Sunday 30 October: In-Port Race, Alicante

3.00pm on Sunday 6 November: Race Preview and Start of Leg 1

3.00pm on Sunday 4 December: Finish of Leg 1

3.00pm on Sunday 11 December: In-Port Race, Cape Town

11.00pm on Monday 12 December: Start of Leg 2

2.30pm on Sunday 1 January: Update programme

All the programmes will also be available on demand via the TVNZ website www.tvnz.co.nz as soon as possible following broadcast.

Play the Game!

Test your ocean racing skills with the new online Volvo Ocean Race game!

Name your boat and register yourself as a competitor here and then your Volvo Ocean 70 can race around the world, following the course of the Volvo Ocean Race. The challenge is to use live weather data and optimum sail combinations to navigate your virtual boat around the world as fast as possible. And the winner of the online Game will win a brand new Volvo XC60 car!

Get into practice by participating in the virtual online Pre-Race from Alicante to Palma and back, starting on Saturday 29 October.

Read more here


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