Volvo Ocean Race 2018 - Auckland Stopover Charter

The Volvo Ocean Race 2018 is coming to Auckland and we're giving you the opportunity to experience the best of the on-water action by joining one of our fantastic sailing experiences...

Since 1973, the Volvo Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of teamwork and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest ever sailors - and the 2017-18 edition will take the teams 45,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities.

About the Auckland stopover

Having departed from Hong Kong on Leg 6 on 7th February, the Volvo Ocean Race fleet is due to start arriving in Auckland from 24th February which is when the official Volvo Ocean  Race Village opens at the Viaduct Harbour, Viaduct Events Centre and Te Wero Island. 

For the 3 week stopover period, visitors can see the yachts up close and experience all sorts of entertainment as the Race Village comes alive. There will also be a number of practice races and official races where the yachts will go head to head. See main race details and other key dates below. 

COME AND WATCH THE ACTION ON THE WATER! 

Private Charter - Spectator Cruise 

The best way to experience the action of the Volvo Ocean Race 2018 would be to charter one of our vessels exclusively. With various vessel options available including America's Cup yachts, 50ft sailing yachts and the legendary 'Steinlager 2', you can choose a departure time and duration that works best for your group (subject to availability) and watch the action on the water from the best seat in town.  

For Private Charter enquiries e-mail tom@exploregroup.co.nz or call 09 965 3394  

For Public Spectator Cruise options click here 

In-Port Race - Saturday 10th March  

Scheduled for 2.00pm on Saturday 10th March, teams will take part in the 'In-Port Race' - a race around the Waitemata Harbour/Hauraki Gulf which is always action packed and great to watch, especially from on board a boat. (See below options for how you can experience a piece the action on the water!) 

Leg 7 Start - Auckland to Itajai, Brazil - Sunday 18th March

Also scheduled for 2.00pm, on Sunday 18th March, the Volvo Ocean Race will depart Auckland for the start of Leg 7 when they will race to Itajai, Brazil - At 7,600 nautical miles, it is the longest leg by far and will take the fleet through some of the coldest, roughest ocean in the world. (See below options for how you can experience a piece the action on the water!)

Key dates:

24 February: Race Village opens
24 February - 27 February: Estimated Boat Arrival
9 March: In-Port Practice Race
10 March: In-Port Race
15 March: Peroni Pro Am Practice Race
16 March: Peroni Pro-Am Race Series
18 March: Departures and Race Start to Itajai

Click here for more information regarding the Auckland stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2018.