Auckland confirmed as Volvo Ocean Race host again

29 January 2013 | Posted in Hosting, Sailing, South America, Volvo Ocean Race, | By Eoin Connolly

Auckland has been confirmed as a host port for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2014-15.

The New Zealand city will also host the following edition of the race.

Auckland previously hosted a stopover in the 2011-12 race, its first for ten years, with a race village located at Auckland Viaduct and Waitemata Harbour.

"Auckland people know sailing and know the race," said Volvo Ocean Race chief executive Knut Frostad, who has overseen a detailed host selection process for 2014-15 stopovers in recent months.

"As soon as we arrived [in 2011-12] it was clear that we'd been away from this stunning city too long and it's hugely satisfying to be able to say that we're coming back straight away this time. Having an agreement in place for the next two editions is just the icing on the cake."

Auckland mayor Len Brown added: "This is an exciting win for Auckland. New Zealand’s fabled sailing heritage, and the affinity Aucklanders have with the sea which surrounds us, makes this city the perfect Volvo Ocean Race destination.

"My goal is for Auckland to become the world’s most liveable city. A key component of us meeting that goal, and delivering on our ambitious economic transformation objectives, is to play host to major events such as the next two Volvo Ocean Races.”

Earlier this month the Volvo Ocean Race announced the 2014-15 event will also stop in the Brazilian port of Recife, with more venues expected to be announced shortly.

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