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Village Opening: October 2, 2014
In-Port Race: October 4, 2014
Leg start: October 11, 2014
What’s going on?
The wait is finally over. After a couple of years of famine for ocean racing fans, the feast begins again. The Volvo Ocean Race starts on October 4, 2014. Stand-by for another glorious eight months of storms, speed, life-changing stories, stunning images and nail-biting finishes as the teams race around the world.
Where do I have to be?
Alicante: half-way down Spain’s party coast…I mean, Mediterranean coast, situated south of Valencia on the Costa Blanca. Home to just short of half a million people, it’s the third time Alicante has opened the action, and the second since the race set up its permanent HQ in the port.
Can I be fashionably late?
No. The boats will go on time come rain or shine, and whether you’re there or not. Fortunately, there’s a full week of preliminary action scheduled before the teams start out for Cape Town on October 11. So getting there early won’t leave you feeling like you’re the first one to arrive at the party. The action begins on the water with the In-Port Race on October 4.
Anything for my Bucket List?
The start for Cape Town is obviously not to be missed, it’s an iconic sporting event. There’s also plenty of other stuff to do if you get to town a few days before the main event. Apart from the great tapas and paella (walk the Esplanade and follow your nose), there are the eight kilometres of sun-baked sand and azure water that’s the Playa de San Juan. Not forgetting some kick-ass nightlife in El Barrio. And Vogue magazine called Las Manolitas Cupcake Boutique a ‘must visit’ – full of quaint furniture and super-treats for those with a sweet tooth.
Should I pack the umbrella?
Probably not: Alicante has an exceptional climate of mild winters and hot summers – averaging around 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. And while October is one of the wetter months, that still only means rain on one day in every four. The average daytime temperature is 24c in October, but bring a jacket for the evening tapas-stroll as it cools off to 15c at night.