'Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right).
- Auckland Stopover, Volvo Ocean Race'
Ian Roman/Volvo Ocean Race
The fleet may still be two days away but that didn't stop the celebrations at the Auckland Stopover Race Village.
Surrounding them are some of the fabulous marine creatures from King Neptune's Trail, the parade that will perform daily in the Race Village from Saturday.
Wisdom the Albatross and Harry the Hapuka are holding the ribbon and behind are Amal the Turtle, Pablo the Prawn and Louis le Crab together with sea anemones and other creatures.
Let the party begin!
by Penny Dain
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