Race Village opening: 5 April 2018
Average ETA: 8 April 2018
In-Port Race: 20 April 2018, 17:00 UTC (14:00 Itajaí)
Leg Start: 22 April 2018, 17:00 UTC (14:00 Itajaí)
This will complete the hat-trick for Itajaí as the Volvo Ocean Race Brazilian stopover
Prepare for a carnival atmosphere – the Brazilian fans are crazy about the race, and the country has a long history of welcoming our boats. Itajaí first hosted the event in 2011-12, when over a quarter of a million people visited the Race Village. Considering that the city only has a population of two hundred thousand, – that’s a good reason to come back!
Itajaí is in the south of Brazil, on the north coast of Santa Catarina State
It’s positioned about 100 kms north of the state capital of Florianopolis. More importantly, it marks the end of the big Southern Ocean challenge and the first port of call after the boats have rounded Cape Horn. After racing thousands of miles through the planet’s frozen wastes, the first boat into Itajaí will get some serious kudos – and a very welcome tray of the local Caipirinhas.
This is one of the coolest beach and surf spots on the planet
If you’ve never experienced Brazil’s beach culture then this is your chance – it’s a heady mix. Check out Praia de Cabeçudas and Praia Brava, the latter being the better surf spot. If it’s nightlife you’re after, then head to the Warung Beach Club – several times voted as one of the world's best places to dance.