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© Ricardo Pinto
© Ricardo Pinto

Like the past weekend, this Monday looked calm at the Lorient La Base quayside. For the teams, some of whom stayed on land to prepare the next day’s navigation, there was a final Pro-Am race to do in front of the island of Groix. On land, it was time for the first statistics: the exceptional visitor numbers over the week fully justified Lorient’s decision to host this race stopover for the second

65 000 visitors on Sunday, 3000 of which went to the pointe du Talut to watch the In Port race, more than 130 000 visitors to the site during the week, Lorient visitor numbers soared. In terms of comparison, the numbers visiting Lorient La Base on Sunday were the same as those attending the Grande Parade at the Lorient Interceltic Festival. The show put on by the Volvo Ocean 65s, the availability of the teams, the magic of round-the-world races and the promise of the thrill of the demonstrations by the Patrouille de France attracted a multi-coloured crowd from the four corners of Brittany. Bernard Bocquet, president of Lorient Grand Large underlined: “65 000 people, that's the population of a Lorient commune. The event has brought in visitors from far beyond our borders.”

 

Starting gun tomorrow

 

At 5 pm (UTC +2) on Tuesday, the fleet will wave a final goodbye to the five-port town to head off on a coastal route along Groix before setting a course for the Teignouse channel and the Morbihan marker, rounding Hoëdic and heading north-west to the island of Sein and the entrance to the English Channel. Just as for the In Port race, the starting route will have live commentary in the race village.

Previously in Lorient, a new portrait of the Faces of Lorient will be unveiled beside the one of Eric Tabarly inaugurated during the first Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Lorient. At 1.45 pm, at last we will know which exceptional sailor will join the Pen Duick skipper on the walls of the K2. A fine way of highlighting how Lorient has become a major hub for offshore racing.

 

Programme for Tuesday 16th June:

 

Kung Fu from 12 to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 to 2 pm: Petite Scène.

Unveiling of the skipper on the faces of Lorient, 13h45, K2 bunker.

Starting parade and protocol from 2 pm to 3 pm on the Lorient La Base quayside.

Boats leave the pontoons: 3 pm to 3.30 pm.

Start of leg 9: 5pm in front of the pointe du Talut. Commentary on the first hour of the race live on the giant screen at Lorient La Base (opposite the Volvo Ocean Race pontoon).


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