Volvo Ocean Race names Cape Town as first stop

The Volvo Ocean Race has named Cape Town as the first port-of-call for the 2014/15 event. The competing teams will leave Alicante in Spain on October 11th 2014 and are expected to arrive in Cape Town around the end of the month. There will then be an in-port race in Table Bay on Novmber 15th before they head off to Abu Dhabi on November 19th.

This comes after a first stop in Recife was abandoned when a team local to the port withdrew from the race.

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Cape Town has been on the route for 10 of the 12 VORs and it’s a big money spinner for the city:

Councillor Grant Pascoe, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events & Marketing, said he was delighted the City of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront would host the event once more.

“Not only does this race offer worldwide marketing exposure for Cape Town and raise the City and V & A Waterfront’s profile as a top leisure and events destination, it also provides a valuable boost for the many local industries through visitor and organiser spend”

The total race distance is now just under 73,000km and will finish on June 27th 2015 in Gothenburg, over seven months after it started.