The 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race finishes its first leg at the V & A Waterfront in the Mother City between 2 and 6 November. The race, which started in Alicante, Spain departed for Cape Town on 11 October and sees seven syndicates take on the grueling journey. Known as the Everest of sailing and one of the toughest races in the world, the Volvo Ocean Race is the biggest event on the yachting calendar.
Luckily for all aquaphiles – people who are crazy about being in the water – the V & A Waterfront will play host to some very exciting events as part of the Open Ocean Festival. Be part of the action by participating in the Open Water Team Relay, which takes place on 5 November at 18:00 at Quay 6. Teams of four can enter at a cost of R100 per person.
The Sunset Mile, a 1-mile open water swim, is R120 per person and takes place on 12 November at 18:00 on Quay 6. Enter for both these events at www.ntri.co.za or contact Derrick Frazer at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Surf-Ski Relay consists of 4 people per team at a cost of R400.
It takes place on 6 November at 18:00, also at Quay 6. Contact email@example.com. The Sups and Prone Relay takes place on 7 November at 18:00, also at Quay 6. Teams of 8 can enter at R100 per person. To enter, please contact Tarryn at 021 709 0596.
Canoe Polo will be played on 8 and 9 November between 09:00 and 16:00. Teams of 8 players can send firstname.lastname@example.org an email to enter at a cost of R120 per person. The Open Ocean Film Festival, presented by Wavescape, takes place from 7 to 9 November at the Amphitheatre, V & A Waterfront. Visitors can enjoy free movies and entertainment between 19:00 and 21:00 in the evenings.
The lead boat is expected to arrive in Cape Town at the beginning of November. You can welcome the sailors as they arrive from 1 to 6 November at Quay 6, and join in the fun at the official Race Village opening at 19:00 on the 1st of November. You can also catch the IRC National Regatta, the West Coast Long Table and other Volvo Ocean Race experiences.
The race restarts on 19 November with the ceremony starting at 16:30 and competitors leaving at 18:00. Catch the pro-am races on 14 and 16 November, or the in-port race on 15 November. The Volvo Ocean Race Academy will also offer activities from 16 to 18 November.
There will be an on-site classroom and playground for aspiring sailors as well as sailing officials to better hone their skills. The Volvo Ocean Race offers something for everyone as well as every budget with many free and paid for options. The Volvo Ocean Race, the Everest of sailing, on at the V & A Waterfront from 1 to 19 November.