City Info

Race Village opening: 27 May 2018
Average ETA: 28 May 2018
Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race: 8 June 2018, 13:00 UTC (14:00 Cardiff)
Leg Start: 10 June 2018, 15:00 UTC (16:00 Cardiff) 

More information can be found on the Cardiff host city website: 

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

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.

How do I get there?

Race Village: 
Cardiff Bay Barrage,
Alexandra Head,
CF10 4LY

Walk past the Norwegian Church on the waterfront and follow the cycle and pedestrian path to the site entrance.

Air: Cardiff (CWL)
Car Parking:
Havannah Street CF10 5SG
Stuart Street CF10 5BZ
Pierhead Street CF10 4PH
Train: Arrival Trains Wales have a dedicated shuttle service, between Cardiff Queen St station and Cardiff Bay.
Bus: The BayCar (Service 6) is the easiest way to travel between Cardiff City centre and Cardiff Bay (Barrage Walkway bus stop).

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Cardiff from 27 May - 10 June 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Cardiff is now open and you can sign up here. if you are looking for more information about becoming a Volunteer, please email the Volunteers Manager Cardiff Stopover, Simon Allen.

© Ricardo Pinto / Volvo Ocean Race

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