Cape Town

Gateway to the Southern Ocean

  • Village opening
    24 Nov 2017
  • In-Port Race
    8 Dec 2017
  • Leg Start
    10 Dec 2017

City Info

Race Village opening: 24 November 2017
Average ETA: 27 November 2017
In-Port Race: 8 December 2017, 12:00 UTC (14:00 Cape Town)
Leg Start: 10 December 2017, 12:00 UTC (14:00 Cape Town)

More information can be found on the Cape Town host city website:

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

Cape Town is crazy about football, cricket, rugby… and sailing.
The V&A Waterfront will be the centre of attention in sports-mad Cape Town when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet arrives around the end of November after the 7,000 miles second leg from Lisbon.

Cape Town – a rainbow city in the rainbow nation – sits just north of the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of South Africa and the African continent. The city is home to almost four million people spread along hundreds of kilometers of stunning coastline. Booked your ticket yet?

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Table Mountain coming into view is a familiar and welcoming sight for Volvo Ocean Race crews.
Cape Town’s history with the race goes back all the way to the very first edition in 1973-74 and the city has only been absent from the route a couple of times.

Let’s talk weather…
November is the start of the southern hemisphere summer. It only rains on one day in every six, with a tiny average of 14mm for the whole month. The daily average temperature is 24C, dropping to a cooler 13C at night. But be warned, the water is cold on the western coastal beaches. Something to do with the proximity of Antarctica...


How do I get there?

Race Village:
V&A Waterfront
Jetty 1, Jetty 2 and Quay 6
8001, Cape Town
South Africa

Air: Cape Town International (CPT)
Alternative: Arrive by helicopter… Cape Town offers a host of exclusive helicopter rides – who knows, if you can time it right you might see the arrival of the fleet!

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Cape Town from 24 November - 10 December 2017 and the public of Cape Town has given a fantastic response to the call for volunteers. In fact, we now have so many volunteers that we are no longer accepting registrations for Cape Town. We greatly appreciate the support we have received from the home of Volvo Ocean Race HQ.

If you would like more information, please email the Volunteer Programme Manager, Ruth Tuiraviravi.

© Carmen Hidalgo/Volvo Ocean Race


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