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Mar 15, 2010, 9:47 AM

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The Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) organizers are leveraging the 2011-12 race route, seeking to build interest through the gradual disclosure of port stopovers. One of the mandates for the race was to reduce team budgets, and a significant team expenditure occurs at each port. The 2008-9 race had ten stops; look for the next race to have nine.

With the remaining host ports to be revealed throughout the remainder of March, here’s what is currently known:

Leg 1: Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Leg 2: Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Leg 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE to ?
Leg 4:
Leg 5:
Leg 6:
Leg 7: North America to Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 8: Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France
Leg 9: Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland

Where will the middle of the race go? Here are some theories:

LEG 3: The 2008-9 race went to India, but with UAE now confirmed, Leg 3 must be headed to Asia. The last race went from India to Singapore, and Singapore to Qingdao, China, but look for the next race to sail through the southern section (wasn’t too popular last time), though perhaps not as far north as Qingdao (gets cold up there in the winter). Despite damage in the 2008-9 race to five boats due to the strong weather and water hazards of the South China Sea, China is too strong commercially for the race to pass on.

LEG 4: The 2008-9 race went from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which at 41 days was the longest leg of the race (and race history). It was also a hard leg to maintain media interest, so look for a shorter route from China, and with limited options, an Australian or New Zealand stop seem likely.

Leg 5: Leaving from the Oceania region across the South Pacific, the fleet will be stopping in South America…but where? Just because the 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, don’t expect the VOR to follow suit. Rio underperformed commercially during the last race, so look for alternatives in Argentina or Brazil.

Leg 6: Leaving Argentina or Brazil, this next leg will head toward North America, and the two cities still vying for the bid are Newport, RI and Miami, FL. The final decision is believed to be Miami due to better financing, and considering that Lisbon is a long, long way south of previous trans-Atlantic finish ports, Miami’s southern location will help teams navigate around the Azores High.

- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt


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Mar 16, 2010, 7:57 AM

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The Volvo Ocean Race will continue to introduce the new route for 2011-12 on Thursday 18 March. A press release will be issued at 0700 GMT, 0800 CET. Where will VOR chief Knut Frostad be headed next? Could it be China? There is an island to the south... look for a town called Sanya: http://maps.google.com/...inan,+China&z=11




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Mar 18, 2010, 10:28 AM

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The Volvo Ocean Race will continue to introduce the new route for 2011-12 on Thursday 18 March. A press release will be issued at 0700 GMT, 0800 CET. Where will VOR chief Knut Frostad be headed next? Could it be China? There is an island to the south... look for a town called Sanya: http://maps.google.com/...inan,+China&z=11


Alicante, Spain – 18 March 2010 – Sanya, the southernmost city on the golden coast of Hainan Province, China, has won the bid to host the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. Building on the success of the Qingdao stopover during the 2008-09 event, the resort city of Sanya will be the finish of leg three, which starts from Abu Dhabi.

As the 2011-12 route takes shape, the port of Sanya is now confirmed as the only stopover in Asia. Other ports on the course include the start in Alicante, where the Volvo Ocean Race now has its base, stopovers in Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Lorient and the finish in Galway. The entire route for this classic round the world race will be revealed by the end of March, when details on scoring, leg lengths and other details will be confirmed.

Speaking of the selection of Sanya as Asia’s only port of call, Mr Liu Gang, Deputy Director of the China Water Sports Administration Centre said, “The wonderful memories from the last edition of the race when it visited Qingdao remain fresh in our minds and I would like to congratulate Sanya for being chosen as the new stopover”.

The Vice Mayor of Sanya, Li Baiqing, echoed Mr Liu Gang’s comments and said, “Sanya is honoured to be the only stopover in Asia for the next race. The city will relish the chance to show its charm to the Volvo Ocean Race visitors from around the world”. He also confirmed that Hainan would showcase its achievements and development potential and try to capture the world’s attention during the event.

“The race was held very successfully in Qingdao and has inspired a passion among many Chinese people. It is with great pleasure that we are able to confirm that China will once again be part of the route for 2011-12 and it will be an honour to take the event to Sanya,” commented Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad.

Sanya on the southern tip of Hainan, the only tropical island province in China, features golden sandy beaches and enjoys a good year-round climate. The Sanya Municipal Government will use the Volvo Ocean Race as part of its plans to develop the city into a top international tourism destination. It already has an excellent transport system, which will be integral to the building of a new high-level marina.

The remaining ports yet to be revealed will be unveiled throughout March.




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Mar 18, 2010, 10:33 AM

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Our predictions so far have been good, but these were the easier ports. We predicted the UAE, and then China, but the rest of the ports are going to get harder. It is estimated that the race will have nine legs. Here is an update of where we are:

Leg 1: Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Leg 2: Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Leg 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China
Leg 4: Sanya, China to ?
Leg 5:
Leg 6:
Leg 7: North America to Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 8: Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France
Leg 9: Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland

And here again are some theories:

LEG 4: The 2008-9 race went from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which at 41 days was the longest leg of the race (and race history). It was also a hard leg to maintain media interest, so look for a shorter route from China, and with limited options, an Australian or New Zealand stop seem likely.

Leg 5: Leaving from the Oceania region across the South Pacific, the fleet will be stopping in South America…but where? Just because the 2016 Olympics are going to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, don’t expect the VOR to follow suit. Rio underperformed commercially during the last race, so look for alternatives in Argentina or Brazil.

Leg 6: Leaving Argentina or Brazil, this next leg will head toward North America, and the two cities still vying for the bid are Newport, RI and Miami, FL. The final decision is believed to be Miami due to better financing, and considering that Lisbon is a long, long way south of previous trans-Atlantic finish ports, Miami’s southern location will help teams navigate around the Azores High.

- Craig Leweck, Scuttlebutt




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Mar 21, 2010, 11:03 AM

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Hi there,

The stopover in South America will be in Santa Catarina, Brasil. City called Itajai.


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Mar 22, 2010, 11:24 AM

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The Volvo Ocean Race will continue to introduce the new route for 2011-12 on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 March. If the Scuttlebutt estimate is correct that the race will have nine legs, then there are three more ports to announce. Look for the Tuesday announcement to be the South American port of Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brasil, while on Wednesday it will be released that Miami, Florida is to be the North American stop.

Leg 1: Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Leg 2: Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Leg 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China
Leg 4: Sanya, China to ?
Leg 5: ? to Itajai, Brasil
Leg 6: Itajai, Brasil to Miami, USA
Leg 7: Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 8: Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France
Leg 9: Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland


As for the third port, race analysis is pointing toward the Oceania region. The 2008-9 race went from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which at 41 days was the longest leg of the race (and race history). It was also a hard leg to maintain media interest, so look for a shorter route from China, and with limited options, an Australian or New Zealand stop seem likely.




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Mar 22, 2010, 6:37 PM

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So one more port to be selected, specking as a Kiwi I hope New Zealand's history with the Whitbread/Volvo Race is remembered when the decision is made.


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Mar 23, 2010, 4:09 PM

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Hi there,

The stopover in South America will be in Santa Catarina, Brasil. City called Itajai.



Confirmed today: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/...NT-230310/index.aspx


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Mar 23, 2010, 4:10 PM

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The Volvo Ocean Race will continue to introduce the new route for 2011-12 on Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 March. If the Scuttlebutt estimate is correct that the race will have nine legs, then there are three more ports to announce. Look for the Tuesday announcement to be the South American port of Itajai, Santa Catarina, Brasil (CONFIRMED), while on Wednesday it will be released that Miami, Florida (CONFIRMED) is to be the North American stop.

Leg 1: Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Leg 2: Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Leg 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China
Leg 4: Sanya, China to ?
Leg 5: ? to Itajai, Brasil
Leg 6: Itajai, Brasil to Miami, USA
Leg 7: Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 8: Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France
Leg 9: Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland


As for the third port, race analysis is pointing toward the Oceania region. The 2008-9 race went from Qingdao, China to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which at 41 days was the longest leg of the race (and race history). It was also a hard leg to maintain media interest, so look for a shorter route from China, and with limited options, an Australian or New Zealand stop seem likely.



The announcement shrewdley did not state where the leg going to Itajai would originate from, so the Scuttlebutt estimate of Australia or New Zealand remains a possibility. If the leg had originated from Sanya, they would have said it. Also, the route diagram (attached) indicates as much.


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Mar 24, 2010, 9:59 AM

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Scuttlebutt predicts another port...Miami now confirmed: http://www.volvooceanrace.com/...T-2403010/index.aspx
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Mar 24, 2010, 10:47 PM

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Strongly think about Auckland - New Zealand as the missing stopover and Team New Zealand with Grant Dalton among the partecipants. Waiting the America's Cup. Not all the AC team but a lot of strong people.....


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Mar 25, 2010, 12:44 AM

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Sounds Good To Me


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Mar 31, 2010, 11:00 AM

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With the announcment today of Auckland, NZL, all the pieces of the puzzle are now complete:

Leg 1: Alicante, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa
Leg 2: Cape Town, South Africa to Abu Dhabi, UAE
Leg 3: Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China
Leg 4: Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand
Leg 5: Auckland, New Zealand to Itajai, Brasil
Leg 6: Itajai, Brasil to Miami, USA
Leg 7: Miami, USA to Lisbon, Portugal
Leg 8: Lisbon, Portugal to Lorient, France
Leg 9: Lorient, France to Galway, Ireland




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Jul 23, 2010, 4:07 PM

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The city of Miami, through its Miami Exhibition and Sports Authority, has agreed to fund the phase one plans for the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race Miami stopover, and to provide in kind services for the entire event. City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado has stated he is excited the event is coming to Miami, expected to be in Spring 2012.

The city has agreed to the use of Bicentennial Park for the stopover site. The park is in downtown Miami, on the water leading out to Government Cut and to the Atlantic Ocean. The downtown area is in a major revitalization program with many new hotels and restaurants. Downtown Miami is served by the Miami MetroRail as far north as Palm Beach and Coral Gables to the south, along with both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale airports.




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