Volvo Ocean Race en route to Melbourne

With the current leader in the Volvo Ocean Race, MAPFRE, a little over 1,000 nautical miles away, Melbourne is looking forward to welcoming the fleet for the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover with the ETA for the leaders being 24 December.

The Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other since 1973. The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities.

Melbourne was the Volvo Ocean Race’s surprise addition to the 2017-18 route. A city renowned for hosting annual premium sporting events, including the Australian F1 Grand Prix and the Australian Open tennis, the Volvo Ocean Race is in good company.

The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailings toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup.

The current leg from Cape Town to Melbourne has been described as a tough one, both mentally and physically for the sailors and this leg also counts for double points. This arrival will no doubt be one of the most exciting as the teams will be fighting until the very end for those extra points. Melbourne will also present the Roaring Forties Trophy. The Roaring Forties Trophy is a traditional trophy that is awarded to the crew who has the shortest elapsed time from the longitude of the Cape of Good Hope (18 28 20E) completing all intervening legs, to crossing the longitude of Cape Horn (67 16 20W).

If you’re in Melbourne, get down to Docklands to experience the free interactive Race Village with on and off water entertainment and activities for all ages, great food, bars for summer refreshments and lots more.

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