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Ocean Classic Stopover
Of all the silly things men and women do in the name of sport or adventure racing a yacht around the world and through some of the most dangerous waters imaginable would probably seem one of the silliest to most of us.
But it's on again, the VOLVO Ocean Race and the fleet will make a compressed stopover in Melbourne after crossing the Indian and Southern Oceans en-route from Cape and before heading off again to Hong Kong.
Docklands will host teams in the 2018 VOLVO Ocean Race between December 27th and January 2nd.
The race is made up of 10 legs and takes in 12 landmark Host Cities on six continents. The seven teams departed Allicante, Spain on 22nd October racing to Lisbon, Cape Town, Melbourne, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajai in Brazil, Newport Rhode Island, Cardiff, Gothenburg and finally finishing in the Hague, Holland.
Seven teams will contest the 10 legs circumnavigating the globe from Spain and Holland.
Australia's involvement with the Volvo Ocean Race goes back to 1973/74 and since then has hosted the race 7-times, coming to Melbourne for the first time in 2005/06.
The last event saw 2.4 million people visit contestants at stopovers around the world, all keen to get a first-hand feel for the race. And it's an opportunity available to Melburnians this time around with organisers setting up a Race Village at Docklands between 27th December and 2nd January.
The Race Village at Docklands will provide Melbournians with a great opportunity to view the fleet during its short stop-over.
At this stage, the majority of boats are expected to arrive on Thursday 28th December at the end of the leg from Cape Town and depart for Hong Kong on Tuesday 2nd January at 2.30 PM.
The Cape Town to Melbourne leg carries double points so teams will be going hard at it right to the very end, undoubtedly providing spectators with a spectacular finish right on Melbourne's doorstep.
The VOLVO Ocean Race fleet will depart Melbourne on Tuesday 2nd January.
Why? Gaze in awe at these seemingly flimsy sail boats that race around the world, through some of the most dangerous stretches of water known to man, anxious to enjoy a break from the rigours of the Southern Ocean but equally eager to get on with the next
When:Thursday 28th December to Tuesday 2nd January