The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailings toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, along with the Olympics and America’s Cup.
The 2017-18 edition will take the teams 46,000 nautical miles around the world, across four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark Host Cities. With Melbourne hosting the event for the 2nd time in its 45 year history, this represents a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to engage with a truly international World Class event.
The lead boats are expected to arrive in Melbourne on the 24 December, with the race finishing right off the Williamstown foreshore. The Pro-Am race is scheduled for Saturday 30 December, and the race restart for the Melbourne to Hong Kong leg will again be in waters of Hobsons Bay in the early afternoon of Tuesday 2 January with the yachts performing a short “lap” of the Northern part of Port Philip Bay before heading down to Mornington to depart through the heads.
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