Race to The Hague
The Netherlands will host the finale of the 2017-18 race
During the last edition of the race The Hague was a host port for the first time, celebrating with a three-day festival as the fleet roared through town on a pit-stop.
In 2018, The Hague will host the culmination of the race, at the finish of the crucial last leg from Gothenburg and the end of the 13th edition.
The city’s Deputy Mayor and Alderman for Economic Affairs and Harbours, Karsten Klein, was delighted to make the announcement. "The finish of the Volvo Ocean Race really is a major accolade for our city," he said. "It is the biggest sports event that we have ever organised in The Hague."
So what's to do in a city of half a million people?
The Hague is on the west coast of the Netherlands and with seven miles of coastline, it is home to some very popular resorts along the golden stretch of beach lined with bars, restaurants and entertainment.
The city's motto is "Peace and Justice" and The Hague is a hub of international organisations including the U.N.'s International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, both of which can be visited by prior arrangement.
If you are a culture enthusiast, you're spoiled for choice with great art museums and galleries including the Mauritshuis, featuring the works of Vermeer and Rembrandt, and the modern art collection of the Gemeentemuseum.
The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.