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
In-Port Race: 8 December 2017
Leg Start: 10 December 2017

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 6,300 mile 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?

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!


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In-Port Race