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ABOUT CAPE TOWN

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Dominated by its immense flat-topped mountain, Cape Town presides over marine currents from the great Indian and Atlantic oceans.


Dubbed the Tavern of the Seas, Cape Town has been a welcome sight for sailors ever since man took to traversing the oceans in search of new lands, new trade and ever greater riches.

Today it still remains a major hub in terms of world trade, but for decades it has also been a vital stop in the ocean racing world. Apart from a brief hiccup when politics superseded sport, Cape Town has always featured in the Volvo Ocean Race and most races of its predecessor, the Whitbread. As a vital point to replenish supplies, fix the boat and resore the crew between the Atlantic and Indian and Southern Oceans, it doesn't get any better.

Aside from the awe-inspiring mountain - always worth a visit via the cable car or, for the more hardy, via a breath-busting foot trail – the overarching impression of Cape Town is of a cosmopolitian city at home in nature.

As a growing City; evidence of development is easily perceived. Roads, flyovers, offices, houses and whole suburbs have sprung up in recent times. Much is currently being done to ensure that the City is a sustainable and liveable one - with various public transport systems and eco-initiatives in full swing. On the road from the airport where townships of ragged huts and shanties were once sprawled, new brick houses are springing up in neat rows.

Highlights:

- November 26-29 (updated daily) - Estimated arrival of first boats

- Friday November 25 - Race Village opens

- Friday December 9 - Pro-Am Race

- Saturday December 10 - In-Port Race

- Sunday December 11 - Leg 2 start to Abu Dhabi


Race village opening times:

- 09:00 - 21:00 daily


For race village schedule, see www.volvoocenaracecapetown.com.


Where is it:
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,
Cape Town,
South Africa

View the race village location


Key dates:

- November 25 - Race Village opens

- December 2-4 - Academy Team Racing Clinic

- December 3 - Try Sailing (open to the public)




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