Race Village opening: 31 October 2017
In-Port Race: 3 November 2017
Leg Start: 5 November 2017
Lisbon is hosting the race for a third consecutive edition and this time it’s with a bit of a twist.
Since 2016, the city has been home to the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard, a permanent facility where our team of boatbuilding experts have been working round the clock to prepare the fleet for the 2017-18 edition. Don’t miss the chance to check out the Boatyard at the Race Village while you’re here on a visit. It’s a fascinating look at just how much work goes into getting the boats ready to race.
A sense of history.
The capital of Portugal is Europe’s oldest major capital city – the heart of a vast maritime empire in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Today, Lisbon is a major economic centre with a population of about half a million in the actual city, but it’s impossible to miss the sense of history as you wander the mazy streets of the old town or sip a drink in one of the innumerable bars. Take the vintage tram number 28 for a great starter tour of the city centre. And don’t miss the fortified tower at Belem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The daily average is a sweet 18C, with a drop to just 11C at night during the month of November. It might rain a little – this is an Atlantic coast after all – but with a monthly average of just 16mm we’re not too worried.