Hong Kong, one of the world’s most prestigious sailing destinations, will host the Volvo Ocean Race for the first time when the event visits in February 2018 during its 13th edition.

Race organisers announced in a press conference today a unique collaboration with the Hong Kong Sailing Federation which will bring the event to Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour in February 2018.

As the largest world-class sailing event ever staged in Hong Kong, the stopover will create a truly unforgettable experience for the city.

Ricardo Pinto / Volvo Ocean Race

The world’s toughest offshore race will transform the old airport in Kai Tak – where a Race Village will offer activities for both sailing fans and those new to the sport.

The city will also host an In-Port Race, giving spectators the opportunity to sample the electric live atmosphere and grab a closer look at the 65-foot racing machines which make up the fleet.

Anthony Day, Hong Kong Sailing Federation Council Member and RHKYC Rear Commodore Sailing, said: “Offshore yacht racing doesn’t get any more exciting or prestigious than the Volvo Ocean Race and this stopover will put Hong Kong firmly on the map as an international sailing venue.

“We look forward to welcoming the fleet to our waters and to introducing the skippers and crews to a generation of Hongkongers who, I hope, will be inspired to get out there and involved in the sport.”

Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica / Volvo Ocean Race

Antonio Bolaños López, acting CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, added, “I’m thrilled that the Race is visiting one of the most iconic and beautiful ports in the world for the first time.”

“We’re delighted to welcome Hong Kong to the Volvo Ocean Race family and know that we will have a stopover here, which will be one of the highlights of the 2017-18 edition.”

“I’d like to pay a special tribute to the Hong Kong Sailing Federation and the Hong Kong government for making our dreams of bringing the race here a reality.”

Hong Kong brings the confirmed list of Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 stopovers so far to nine, alongside Alicante, Auckland, Cape Town, Cardiff, Newport (US), Lisbon, Gothenburg and The Hague.

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