It's back! After a ten year gap, Auckland, the world's premier sailing capital, once again welcomed the Volvo Open 70s fleet home as an official Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.
In March 2012 Auckland staged the Leg 4 finish from Sanya in China and the start of Leg 5, which took the fleet into the Southern Ocean once again, round the infamous Cape Horn and up to a finish and Stopover in Itajai, Brazil.
The Volvo Ocean Race is acknowledged as the greatest test of sailing prowess and human endeavour as the world’s fastest monohulls race a nine month marathon around the globe deep into the bleak latitudes of the Southern Ocean and through the world’s most hostile seas.
Each Stopover features an In-Port Race, with points counting towards the Volvo Ocean Race overall standings, and a Pro-Am Race.