Kaapstad, ons is terug

Cape Town end to first long leg

The port of Cape Town, and the iconic landmark of Table Mountain and its ‘Africa Face’, have gazed over the Atlantic and welcomed seafarers for as far back as man has challenged the oceans. Affectionately known as the ‘tavern of the seas’, Cape Town’s proud history with the Volvo Ocean Race started back in the early 1970s.

Nineteen boats carrying 167 sailors left the Solent on September 8, 1973, and headed south for Cape Town. The city has upheld a wonderful relationship with the race ever since, offering crews and families the now famous hospitality. Cape Town is regarded as one of the most popular tourism destinations during the summer months between November and March, when daily temperatures average between 24 and 27 degrees Celsius.

The prevailing winds are from the southeast and usually provide ideal conditions for the Cape Town In-Port Race. The Race Village is situated in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, which includes stores, coffee shops, restaurants and pubs all within the breath-taking setting of a dynamic working harbour. Highlights include an aquarium, art and craft markets and world-class hotel and conference facilities. 


The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.