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2012/05/31

Volvo Ocean Race Lisbon 2011-2012

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The Portuguese capital has been chosen as a transatlantic stopover for the prestigious international regatta Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012, regarded as the Around the World of Sailing. In the circumnavigating route of this competition, Lisbon will be the first European port to host the best yachtsmen in the world and most experienced international crews, after their Atlantic Ocean crossing.

Arriving from Miami, Florida, the crews will be awaited at Pedrouços Docks, just outside Lisbon, on May 31 to 10, from where they will head off for Lorient, in France, as part of the 8th leg of this event.


 
The choice of Lisbon to host one of the ten stages of this regatta has beaten dozens of other candidates from other equally important cities. The Portuguese capital’s unique geographical location, as a gateway between Europe and the Atlantic, its maritime tradition and natural conditions for nautical sports were some of the differentiating factors that helped Lisboa win the hosting of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Held every four years, the world Volvo Ocean Race started last 29th October, 2011, in Alicante (Spain), and will finish on 8th July 2012, in Galway (Ireland), passing through Capetown, Abu Dhabi, Sanya, Auckland, Itajai, Miami, Lisbon and Lorient.
Arriving from Miami, Florida, the crews will be awaited at Pedrouços Docks, just outside Lisbon, on May 31 to June 10, from where they will head off for Lorient, in France, as part of the 8th leg of this event.
 
 Lisbon Race Weekend

- Friday June 8, 1200 local (1100 UTC) Pro-Am Race
- Saturday June 9, 1300 local (1200 UTC) In-Port Race
- Sunday June 10, 1300 local (1200 UTC) - Leg 8 start to Lorient

Key dates

- Thursday May 31 - Race Village officially opens
- Thursday May 31-June 1 - Leg 7 arrivals
- Thursday May 31 - June 10 - Academy Try-Sailing
- Friday June 1 - Academy Team Racing Clinic
- Saturday June 2-3 - Academy Team Racing
- Saturday June 2 - Keep the Ocean's Clean, Beach Clean
- Sunday June 3-9 - Skeleton Sea, Art Workshop
- Friday June 8 - Pro-Am Race
- Saturday June 9 - In-Port Race
- Sunday June 10 - Leg 8 start to Lorient

 More information at:
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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Volvo-Ocean-Race
- https://twitter.com/volvooceanrace
- http://www.volvooceanracelisbon.com
- http://www.facebook.com/volvooceanracelisbon
- https://twitter.com/VolvoOceanRaceL
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http://www.volvooceanrace.com/

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