The 11-leg Volvo Ocean Race which started on 22 October 2017 at Alicante in Spain is touching Gothenburg aka Göteborg the stopping point of Leg 10. The Leg 10 of the ocean race began on 10 June 2018 at Cardiff in England and touches Gothenburg this midnight.
Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s greatest sailing competition, and the bravest sailors compete testing their stamina to the stress and strains of sea. Fabian Bengtsson, Communications Manager at Beckman Media AB, told www.gothenburg-400.com that the 7 teams participating in Volvo Ocean Race will touch Gothenburg anytime at midnight.
Each of the 7 yachts participating in the race has about 9 to 12 members in case one of the sailors falls ill there is another to replace. Fabian stressed that this is the great time of the year for Gothenburg where the world notices the city and Sweden. To experience the race one can visit Frihamnen the port of the 400-year-old city throughout the week from 14 to 21 June. He recommends Gothenburgers to also see the In-Port Race on 17 June in which all the 7 teams will be participating.
The 7 teams participating in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-2018 are: team AkzoNobel (9 members including 2 women), Team Brunel (11 including 2 women), Dongfeng Race Team (12 including 2 women), Mapfre (11 including 2 women), Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag (10 including 1 woman), Turn the Tide on Plastic (14 including 3 women) and Vestas 11th Hour Racing (11 including 3 women).
Göteborg is one of the venues for the final leg of the race – Leg 11 – which starts in Gothenburg on 21 June before finishing at The Hague in Netherlands.
Village Opening: 14 June 2018
In-Port Race: 17 June 2018
Leg Start: 21 June 2018
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Gothenburg has a history of shipping and maritime culture and expertise. Hosting a leg of Volvo Ocean Race is one of the greatest events that happens once in three years.
Mapfree, one of the 7 teams competing to win the trophy, is headed by skipper Xabi Fernandes. He has built a multinational squad who has won Olympic medals.