Race Village opening: 31 January 2018
Average ETA: 1 February 2018
Dongfeng In-Port Race Guangzhou: 3 February 2018, 07:00 UTC (15:00 Guangzhou)
Leg Start: 5 February 2018
Guangzhou is another first for the Volvo Ocean Race.
The cosmopolitan city of Guangzhou has been around for over 2,200 years and has developed into one of China’s four Tier 1 cities. It is the third most populous city in mainland China after Beijing and Shanghai. It’s a major trading port, its key coastal location making it one of the most well-connected cities in the country and it’s a growing tourist centre with a cultural diversity that adds to its appeal.
Putting the sport of sailing on China’s Map.
The fleet will be based at Nansha Marina on the Pearl River. This will be the fourth edition in succession to feature a stop in China. The first time the Race came here was in 2008-09 (Qingdao) and Sanya took up the baton in 2011-12 and 2014-15. With Dongfeng Race Team flying the Chinese flag in the Race itself, China has well and truly put the sport of sailing on the map, and Guangzhou will no doubt provide an incredible and traditional Chinese welcome.