In October 2017, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet set off from Alicante, Spain, on a 45,000 nautical miles race around the world across four oceans and touching six continents. For the first time in its history, the race stopped in Cardiff, in June 2018.

To celebrate, Cardiff Bay hosted a two-week free festival where more than 180,000 visitors explored the Race Village, participating in a range of action-packed activities.


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 raced across the North Atlantic from Newport Rhode Island on the transatlantic leg to Cardiff. It was the first time the race had returned to British shores in 12 years.

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