The Volvo Ocean Race, the Everest of sailing, will take the teams 45000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities. It will start its third leg in the Mother City on December 10, but until then there is much fun to be had at the Race Village and Ocean Life Festival.
- Experience what it’s like inside a Volvo Ocean 65 at the Race Boat Experience and see them in action during the Pro-Am on Thursday, December 7, and the In-Port Race on Friday, December 8.
- Visit the Globe Cinema and get an inside peak at the Volvo Ocean Race and Ocean Sustainability; or test your strength at the Musto Grinding Challenge to see if you have what it takes to raise a sail 4.2m.
- The Volvo Cars Pavilion will offer you the opportunity to view, compare and choose your favourite Volvo – you will also get to see their two latest models.
- The inaugural Cape 31 Regatta, in association with Sail+Leisure and Waterford Wines, will take place on December 2 and 3 from the Volvo Ocean Race Village. Seven Cape 31’s will compete in this fun event. The boats will be moored on the VOR boats moorings in front of the Table Bay Hotel for the viewing public. The first race begins at 12pm on Saturday and “round the cans” racing will take place in Table Bay. Racing on Sunday will take the same format. The prize giving will be held at the organising yacht club, Royal Cape Yacht Club.
Enjoy the Ocean Life Festival, featuring a roll-out of educational programmes and projects to promote environmental sustainability and resilience.
- Merging art with a cause, the V&A Waterfront has partnered with Wavescape to use cinema to drive awareness of the sustainability challenges facing the world’s oceans. The inaugural V&A Ocean Film Festival will show four poignant films centered on addressing ocean conservation issues with tactile solutions. Tickets start from R55 per person and available through Ster Kinekor.
- In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx brings you TEDxCapeTown Salon, where TEDTalk videos and live speakers will combine to spark meaningful discussion around the challenges posed by ocean pollution. Kicking off at 6.30pm at the VOR Dome on Jetty 2 each day, TEDxCapeTown Salon will run from Wednesday to Friday, December 6 to 8, with tickets available via Quicket at a cost of between R80 and R140 per person.
- Join in on Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, at the V&A Amphitheatre to see Alex tackle the evils of pollution, in a production created by the V&A Waterfront Theatre School. With three free shows a day at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm, children can learn more about the dangers that pollution poses to our oceans around the world. Alex’s dream is to be the greatest hero that ever lived. His mission is to save the planet from the forces of pollution. To do this, Alex must travel deep into the ocean to help animals defeat the bad guys…but he can’t do this without a little help from his friends.
- Head down to Sea Point Beach on Saturday, December 2, to participate in the first V&A Ocean Life Festival Beach Cleanup. Organised in association with the Two Oceans Aquarium and open to the public, plastic warriors can meet at the Sea Point Beach at 10am to receive their cleanup bags and do their bit to help clean up our coastline. More than 8 million tons of plastic land up in the ocean every year.