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Volvo Ocean Race: Auckland Stopover News 10 - Hospitality Sold Out!

'Media are given a tour of Camper in Sanya, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.'    Paul Todd/Volvo Ocean Race©    Click Here to view large photo

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has finished Leg 3 in Sanya (China), and are gearing up for the nest leg to Auckland. Read the latest news here on the Auckland Stopover

It's now just 21 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive in Auckland and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, the Auckland Stopover and the Race Village.

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Issue 10

15 February 2012

The Auckland representatives are on the way to Sanya (China) for the official Handover, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is preparing for the In-Port Race and then the start of Leg 4 to Auckland. Read the latest news here

It's now just 21 days to go until the fleet is scheduled to arrive here and our e-newsletter Event HQ brings you the latest news from the Race, 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. 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 . We are on Facebook and Twitter too.

Hospitality boats sold out!

With three weeks to go, the official corporate hospitality for the Auckland Stopover has sold out!

The packages, which include access to the exclusive Latitude Lounge on the third floor of the Viaduct Events Centre and close-up viewing of the racing action on the water from premium hospitality boats, have been snapped up.

Hospitality was available for the fleet arrival (scheduled for 8 March), the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March and the Departure and Start of Leg 5 on Sunday 18 March.

"Auckland fleet welcomes and support are legendary in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race and 2012 will be no exception," says Port Director Tom Mayo.

Volunteer training day

Raft buildingOne of the last general training day for Auckland Stopover volunteers was held on Saturday 11 February.

100+ members of the A Team, as the volunteers are known, were given a big picture overview and then spent time in role specific training with their Managers and Heads of Department.

"Many volunteers have already started work," says Ruth Tuiraviravi, Head of Volunteers. "The next big date for us is the start of the Race Village build on 20 February when many of the Venue Team begin work."

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.

Pictured above are A Team members on a raft-building exercise from a previous training day.

Haka and dragons

dragonsThe NZ delegation for the official Handover from Sanya to Auckland is on its way to China.

Led by Auckland Stopover chairman Sir John Wells and Port Director Tom Mayo, the delegation includes Auckland based group Pounamu who will perform kapa haka during the Handover and feature in the global television coverage of the Start of Leg 4 to Auckland.

Pictured above is Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER being welcomed on arrival in Sanya.

Sanya on TV One


TV One will be screening the in-Port Race from Sanya at 2.00pm this Sunday (19 February) followed by coverage of the official Handover to Auckland and the Leg 4 Start at 11.00pm on Monday 20 February. If you miss one, don't forget all programmes will be available on demand from www.tvnz.co.nz

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