The first official act of the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 will be the Alicante In-Port Race on Saturday, 14 October, with the race itself kicking off on Sunday 22 October when the teams will sail the first leg from Alicante to Lisbon in Portugal.
The Alicante Race Village will be open for 12 days from 11 October to 22.
There will be many events to mark the start of one of the world’s longest and toughest professional sporting event.
The Race Villages will feature a new ‘pit lane’ experience including innovative team bases, where the public will be able to interact with crews in a casual environment. There will also be The Boatyard, where repairs are carried out in full view of the crowds.
The Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 route will take the sailors over 45,000 nautical miles around the world including Cape Town, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Auckland, Itajaí, Newport, Cardiff and Gothenburg before the grand finale in The Hague. Exact dates will be announced later.
The forthcoming race will be the fourth edition to start from Alicante and the city has already been confirmed as the Start Port for a further two more races.
WORLD'S TOUGHEST YACHT RACE SETS SAIL FROM ALICANTE