Race Village opening: 27 May 2018
In-Port Race: 8 June 2018
Leg Start: 10 June 2018
Cardiff is the capital of Wales – and a sporting capital too.
The arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018 completes a world-class sporting double for the Welsh city, which hosts the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017 at the city's iconic Principality Stadium. Wales is also a growing power in world football, having enjoyed an incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Otherwise, it's fair to say that the national sport is rugby!
There’s a stunning range of tourist attractions in a city that is rich in ancient history.
For a start, there's the imposing Cardiff Castle, which has stood proud above the city since the 11th century. There's the National Museum Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre – the home of opera, and if you like rafting as much as sailing, don't miss the Olympic standard course at Cardiff International White Water. With over a million residents in its metropolitan area, it’s not just sport that Cardiff has to boast about – in 2016, a European Union survey has revealed that Cardiff is the third best capital city to live in across the whole the continent.
This will be the first time the Volvo Ocean Race has visited the United Kingdom in more than a decade and, as Cardiff is only a 2 hour train ride from London and easily accessible by the M4, there’s no excuse not to visit.
So while Cardiff will be making its debut as host of the Volvo Ocean Race, it also represents a return to the roots of a race that began life as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and had its home on the south coast of England for over 35 years before the move to Alicante.