Auckland will host the race for the 10th time
Known affectionately as the ‘City of Sails’, Auckland has a special bond with this race, making its debut as a host port in 1977. Memories of spectacular racing set among swarms of spectator boats are many; more race winners have learned their craft in this city than in any other.
Auckland feels like the world’s sailing capital. It has hosted nine Whitbread/Volvo Ocean Races, two America’s Cups and is home to an unrivalled number of ‘yachties’. The geography and climate make for perfect sailing, while the great bars, restaurants and a lively atmosphere keep landlubbers happy.
Auckland has an irresistible combination of magnificent scenery and a vibrant city lifestyle, with a stunning natural playground, fine food and wine, superb shopping and plenty of adventure in New Zealand’s largest city.
With its incredible harbour setting, getting out on the water is a must. With everything from relaxing harbour cruises to sea kayaking, fishing charters, sailing, and whale and dolphin spotting, visitors are spoilt for choice. Visit one of the many beautiful islands dotting the Hauraki Gulf – walk up Rangitoto Island’s volcanic cone for amazing views or discover Waiheke Island’s world-class wineries and sandy beaches.
Head up the Sky Tower, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, for incredible 360-degree views across the city – the brave can even ‘SkyJump’ off it or ‘SkyWalk’ around its exterior on a narrow walkway 192 metres above ground. For more adventure, there’s bridge climbing, bungy jumping, jet boating, skydiving, mountain biking and even canyoning.
The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.