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Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 14 - Kia ora Knut!
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct.
The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free
8 March 2012
As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village opens
today in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment
every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as
race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience
with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus
movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free!
Read the latest Race news here
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
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 now scheduled to arrive in Auckland at the end
of Leg 4 from Sanya (China) on Saturday 10 March 2012 (subject to change). 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 is being transformed into the Race
Village. Watch it here
Keep up to date with all the news from the Auckland Stopover on our website . We are on Facebook and Twitter
Kia ora Knut!
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad was welcomed to New Zealand by kapa
haka group Pounamu at Auckland International Airport yesterday.
The Norwegian former Olympian and round-the-world yachtsman arrived from Race
HQ in Spain ready for the opening of the Auckland Stopover Race Village
“It was an incredible experience and very touching,” Frostad said. “It really
woke me up after a very long flight from Alicante!”
The Volvo Ocean
Race is making its return to the Auckland for the first time in 10 years, and
Frostad -- a four-time competitor in the race -- said the city had a special
place in the event's 38-year history.
"All the Stopovers of this Race are
different but sailing to Auckland is a bit like if you’re a footballer and you
get to play at Wembley," Frostad said.
"People are very enthusiastic in
the other ports but this is sailing coming home. The fans are genuine, they
really care about the sport and they have been following the Race for
"You can ask almost anyone on the street about the Race and they
could tell you a lot about it. I met someone today who remembered me from three
races ago. The sailors appreciate that kind of recognition."
A Stopover like no other
The world's media gathered at the opening press conference of the
Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race to hear Rachael Dacy, General Manager
Destination, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Devopment, pledge that
Auckland is putting on something special.
"We really do believe that Auckland can deliver a Stopover like no other,"
she said. “We have sailing heritage, a community that understands sailing and
just look at the facilities we have right here on our front
“This event means a lot to Auckland. It’s an opportunity for
Aucklanders and New Zealanders to come out and take part in a major global
event. Once again Auckland’s waterfront will be sure to come
Be prepared with isitbusy.co.nz
Planning to come down to join the Global Party at the Race
Village? You can now find out if it’s busy before you leave, whilst on route or
during your visit to the Auckland Stopover Race Village.
isitbusy.co.nz improves the visitor experience via a live webcam view of Te
Wero Island which shows what’s happening on the stage and how busy the Village
is. In addition, the site has information on train or bus services from the same
source as maxx.co.nz plus updates on roadworks and other potential delays from
“This is a great way to plan your day out or evening at the Race Village,”
says Tom Mayo, Port Director for the Auckland Stopover. “You can check online or
via your smartphone to find the best way to get here and also what’s happening
on the main stage.”
isitbusy.co.nz has been developed by Mayo&, the company appointed to
deliver the Auckland Stopover on behalf of event owners Auckland Tourism, Events
and Economic Development.
Extensive modelling and research has gone into the planning of crowd
movements in the Race Village to ensure the site is a valuable tool to anyone
planning on visiting the Viaduct during the Auckland Stopover.
“We have worked with BECA, who provide crowd management planning services for
major events including the Olympic Games, to establish crowd flow routes and
crowd number management,” says Mayo. “We want everyone to have a wonderful
experience at the Race Village and our Control Centre will direct the Spectator
Services team to ensure smooth crowd movement throughout the Village.”
Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover event owner, Auckland Tourism, Events and
Economic Development, believes the site will give visitors to the Village
another way to enhance their experience.
“It’s encouraging to see event companies looking at innovative ways to
improve the experience for visitors to major events. With the live webcam feed
from the Viaduct, isitbusy.co.nz lets visitors make an informed choice to how
they want to experience the Race Village.,” says Manager Major Events, Jennah
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