Get on board with the Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff stopover

In October, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain, on a race around the world. It will visit 12 cities, touch six continents – and for the first time in its history, the race will stop in Cardiff, Wales, from 27 May to 10 June 2018.

To celebrate, Cardiff Bay will host a two-week free festival where visitors can explore the Race Village area, find out more about the endurance contest in the Volvo Ocean Race cinema, take a photograph with the iconic trophy and participate in a range of action-packed activities.

The event will have a true Welsh flavour, with producers offering locally-sourced food and drink – from popular street food vendors to bars serving real ale, alongside live music sessions on the waterfront.
Also with a variety of conference sessions, hospitality, sponsorship, and public activation opportunities available this is a unique way for businesses to engage with a new market and build brand awareness with a UK and international audience. So add the event to your diary – it’s going to be too good to miss!


1) The race began in 1973, then called the Whitbread Round the World Race, and is now established as one of the big three sailing events in the world, alongside the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games.

2) It’s the ultimate ocean marathon, across the world’s toughest oceans, covering a distance of 46,000 nautical miles over nine months.

3) Over four decades it’s kept an almost mythical hold over some of the world’s greatest sailors. To win it becomes an obsession. The sailors endure extreme conditions, and since the race began, five have tragically been lost at sea.

4) There are over 1,000 people involved in the organisation of the race and two identical ‘Race Village kits’, made up of the event infrastructure, that leapfrog around the world to each host city.

5) During the 2017-18 race, the fleet will blast across the North Atlantic from Newport Rhode Island on the transatlantic leg to Cardiff, which is worth double points. It’ll be the first time the race has returned to British shores in 12 years.

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