Volvo Ocean Race ‘Coming Home’ to Auckland in Next Two Editions
By iSportconnect | January 29, 2013
Auckland will host a stopover in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, vcialis 40mg after reappearing in 2011/12 for the first time in ten years.
The ‘old favourite’ will host the 12th edition of the race in 2014/15 and the following edition in 2018, anesthetist after some critics argued the dependence of the race on commercial sponsorship had pulled the route too far away from its historical track.
The ‘City of Sails’ has already hosted the race 8 times and Volvo Ocean Race CEO, pills Knut Frostad said the move made sense: “Sailing into Auckland after a 10-year gap felt like the race was coming home. Tens of thousands of passionate fans packed the Race Village each day, and the crowds for all the arrivals plus the In-Port Race and Leg Start were among the best we’ve ever had,” he said.
“Auckland people know sailing and know the race. As soon as we arrived it was clear that we’d been away from this stunning city too long and it’s hugely satisfying to be able to say that we’re coming back straight away this time.
“Having an agreement in place for the next two editions is just the icing on the cake.”
Auckland Mayor, Len Brown said: “This is an exciting win for Auckland. New Zealand’s fabled sailing heritage, and the affinity Aucklanders have with the sea which surrounds us, makes this city the perfect Volvo Ocean Race destination.
“My goal is for Auckland to become the world’s most livable city. A key component of us meeting that goal, and delivering on our ambitious economic transformation objectives, is to play host to major events such as the next two Volvo Ocean Races.”
Auckland is the fourth Host Port for 2014/15 announced so far, joining Alicante and the Brazilian ports of Recife and Itajai.