Volvo Ocean Race to depart from Mother City this weekend

Volvo Ocean Race to depart from Mother City this weekend

This Sunday, December 10, will see the start of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Melbourne

Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race is a 6500 nm run east, starting from Cape Town this coming Sunday, and heading south to the Cape of Good Hope, before turning left and heading east across the Southern Ocean to Melbourne, Australia.

Known as the Everest of sailing, the Race will take the seven teams 45000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.

Luckily for locals, you can see the Volvo 65’s in action from Quay 6 at the V&A Waterfront. Watch the In-Port Race on Friday afternoon (December 8 at 2pm), or experience the thrill of the Restart of Leg 3 on Sunday (December 10 at 2pm). On Saturday, December 9, you can see some youngsters from the Sailing Academy complete short course racing on Optimist dinghies from around 11am to 4pm.

Other attractions include:

  • V&A Waterfront Ocean Life Festival: With everything from movie nights to beach clean ups and Ocean Sports, the Ocean Life Festival offers visitors of all ages the chance to learn more about our great oceans and how we can protect them.
  • Volvo Ocean 65 Boats: See the boats up close.
  • Race Boat Experience: Get inside a Volvo ocean 65.
  • The Globe: Learn about Ocean Health and the Volvo Ocean Race.
  • The Musto Grinding Challenge: Test your strength and see if you have what it takes to raise a sail 4,2m.
  • Volvo Pavilion: Experience the world of Volvo.
  • Musto Official Merchandise Store: Official Volvo Ocean Race merchandise. Support the Ocean Summit Globe, where you can learn more about ‘Turning the Tide on Plastics’ and what needs to be done to secure the future of our oceans.

The Volvo Ocean Race offers something for everyone as well as every budget with many free and paid for options – on at the V & A Waterfront until Sunday, December 10.

* Visit www.volvooceanrace.com for more information on the race.

Visit www.waterfront.co.za/events/ for more info on all the events taking place at the V & A Waterfront during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover.