100 days till the Volvo Ocean Race Arrives

Friday February 16 marks 100 days to go before the Volvo Ocean Race, the world’s toughest and most prestigious sailing event, arrives in Cardiff Bay on Sunday May 27 for a 14 day stopover.

The leading boats in the fleet are expected to reach Cardiff Bay on Bank Holiday Monday, having made the 2,900 nautical mile voyage across the Atlantic from Newport (the Rhode Island, US one!). This much sought after Atlantic stopover enhances Cardiff’s reputation as a maritime city across the world as this is the first UK visit in 12 years for a race that started life in 1973. It will bring a significant financial boost to the Welsh economy in the Visit Wales designated ‘Year of the Sea’.

The 45,000 nautical mile Volvo Ocean Race set out from Alicante last October, journeying across the great oceans with stopovers in some of the most famous maritime destinations such as Hong Kong, Cape Town, and Auckland, where the fleet is currently headed. When it leaves Cardiff on June 10, it moves on to Gothenburg and The Hague for its finale at the end of June.

While the fleet is in Cardiff, the Race Village on Cardiff Barrage will be a huge visitor attraction, with visitors from around the globe enjoying the Volvo Ocean Race cinema, trade stalls and much more.

Here at Mermaid Quay we will be hosting a festival of live music and entertainment during the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff stopover – watch this space for more information.