City Info

Race Village opening: 5 April 2018
Average ETA: 6 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)

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

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

Download 3D maps here: 
- Itajaí Race Village map (PDF 2.6MB)
- In-Port Race course map (JPEG 2MB)
- Leg 8 Start course map (JPEG 2MB)

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.

How do I get there? 

Race Village: 
Av. Min. Victor Konder Centro
Itajaí - SC, 88301-700

Air: Navegantes Intrnational (NVT)
Bus: Itajaí International Bus Terminal (city centre)
Alternative: Head to the beach for a warm-water swim, and sink a few cocktails whilst drying off before a leisurely wander over to the Race Village.

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Itajaí from 5-22 April 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Itají is now open, please email the Volunteer Programme Manager in Itajaí, Ana Claudia Dalagnoli Soares de Figueiredo.

© Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

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