Götebord is the second largest city in Sweden, located on the West coast of the country. It's also home for the Volvo company. Therefore there is no coincidence if, after 9 months of race, the Volvo Ocean Race will finish there. 


Overall distance sailed by the race : 38 739 nm



More than 3,000 years old, Alicante is one of the main destinations in Spain, appreciated for its beaches, sports and leisure activities. The Santa Barbara castle, one of the greatest medieval fortresses of the country, dominates the city's harbour. The Volvo Ocean Race museum opened there in 2011 and attracted even more visitors. Concerts, festivals and other shows also make the harbour one of the most animated places of the city.

In-Port Race   October 4th 2014
Departure       October 11th 2014


Distance Alicante to Le Cap : 6 486 nm

CAPE TOWN -- South Africa

Cape Town is at the junction of two major oceans of the planet, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean. The city, nicknamed the "Sea Tavern", was already a stopover for the Race in 1973-74, during its first edition. Since then, Cape Town welcomed the Volvo Ocean Race seven times. The cultural diversity, geogrpahy, architectural heritage and attractions are the unique characteristics of Cape Town.

In-Port Race   November 15th 2014
Departure       November 19th 2014


Distance Cape Town to Abu Dhabi: 6 125 nm

Website for the South African stopover


Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, is the first middle-eastern stopover in the history of the Race. Build for this occasion, the site that welcomes the Race is in the middle of this wealthy metropolis, and dominates the magnificent turquoise waters of the Persian Gulf. Only a few hundreds yards away from fancy restaurants, five-star hotels and luxury shops, this stopover is the mix of Abu Dhabi's old sailing history, advanced installations and world-class shows

In-Port Race   January 2nd, 2015
Departure       January 3rd, 2015


Distance Abu Dhabi to Sanya: 4 670 nm

Website for the Emirati stopover

SANYA -- China

Sitting on the southern tip of Hainan province, this idyllic tropical city rarely has a daytime temperature of less than 23°C, even at the height of winter. As such, it is rated one of the best spots in the country for relaxation and water sports (Yalong Bay is recommended for the former and Wuzhizhou Island the latter), with clear blue seas and miles of sandy beaches. “It is beautiful,” was the summary of Guo Chuan, the first Chinese sailor to participate in the race. “I am from Qingdao but Sanya is a much nicer place to go in winter! There is a lot to do there and the weather is always good.”

In-Port Race   February 7th, 2015
Departure       February 8th, 2015


Distance from Sanya to Auckland : 5 264 nm

Website for the Chinese stopover

AUCKLAND -- New-Zealand

Auckland feels like the sailing capital of the world: host of two America's Cups, home of an unrivalled number of yachties, and the geography and climate for perfect sailing. The great bars, restaurants and atmosphere will even keep landlubbers happy, as will March's other events: cricket, triathlon, rugby, Pasifika, Auckland Cup Week and even a 70,000 strong fun run.

In-Port Race   March 14th, 2015

Departure       March 15th, 2015


Distance from Auckland to Itajai : 6 776 nm

Website for the New Zealander stopover

ITAJAI -- Brazil

Itajai is in Santa Catarina State, in the South of Brazil. It is a city with a tropical climate and heavenly beaches. Its nightlife is very lively and it is full of attracting places. Itajai harbour is the second biggest of the country in terms of containers passing by, and in 2012 it will welcome the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time. From the harbour, the spectators will be ideally placed to watch the race, while spectacular sailing conditions will push the teams' limits.

In-Port Race   April 18th, 2015

Departure      April 19th, 2015


Distance from Itajai to Newport: 5 010 nm

Website for the Brazilian stopover


Newport is on the North East Side of the United States, in Rhode Island State, north of New York and south of Boston. It's a famous rendez-vous for sailors and tourists from all over the world.  Located at the South tip of Aquidneck Island, in Narragansett Bay, Newport est surrounded by navigation sites: Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island Sound and Sakonnet River. America's cup regattas took often place here in the past, as well as the arrival of the English Transat from Plymouth to USA. 

In-Port Race   May 16th, 2015

Departure       May 17th, 2015


Distance from Newport to Lisboa : 2 800 nm

LISBON -- Portugal

Lisbon spreads through craggy hills. It is a true mix of cultures, history and architectural treasures. It offers a colourful urban landscape, enhanced with the river Tagus. Portugal, great nation of navigatores, welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time. The natural amphitheatre of Lisbon's harbour and all the water activities available there will ensure a great stopover for all the passionate visitors.

In-Port Race   June 6th, 2015

Departure       June 7th, 2015


Distance from Lisbon to Lorient : 647 nm

LORIENT -- France

Lorient 2015, we are waintin' 4 U!

Lorient is the main hub of the Sailing Valley, as we call South Brittany, where you can find 80% of the french skills in the nautical field.

The Lorient racing centre, where 80 skippers get prepared every year, enjoys a privileged situation (accessible 24/7, near to broad reach) and adapted infrastructures (6,000 m² of buildings, sheds, sail-lofts and offices). Grouping skills of nautical field companies helps the center to be excellent and allows the skippers and their teams to make sure they are ready for big races and records.

The landscapes of the Country of Lorient, the various water activities and the animation of the city will please every visitor ! Lorient is the first french harbour to welcome the Race since La Rochelle did in 2002.

In-Port Race   Saturday, June 13th

Departure       Tuesday, June 16th


Distance from Lorient to Goteborg: 960 nm

THE HAGUE - Netherlands

The Hague is located on the West coast of the Netherlands. This pitstop in this town will be a first in the history of the Volvo Ocean Race. 

Pitstop can not exceed 24hrs maximum


Departure June 20th, 2015



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