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18 March 2015


Leg 5 Start  

Leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil, will start today, Wednesday 18 March at 09:00. Boats will be docking out from 07:30.

The start will be a traditional start. This means there will be no lap around the Waitemata Harbour prior to the fleet heading up past North Head.

15 March 2015


Boats still here but Village closed  

Leg 5 will start at 09:00 hours on Wednesday 18 March. The start will be a traditional start.

The six competing boats in the Volvo Ocean Race are still moored in Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour but the Race Village is now closed as preparations intensify for the effects of cyclone Pam, expected later Sunday and tomorrow.

Today’s empty pavements and crews rushing to pack containers on Te Wero island are a sharp contrast to Saturday’s picture perfect weather and a record tally of more than 59,000 visitors enjoying the pop-up attractions in the Village and viewing the in-port racing.

15 March 2015


No sailing on Sunday  

With cyclone Pam now upgraded to Category Five and its track towards New Zealand’s north-east uncertain, the Volvo Ocean Race organisers have announced Leg Five to Brazil will not start before Tuesday.

It has been announced that there will now be no racing at all on Sunday 15 March. The Race Village is closing a day early due to the storm.

14 March 2015


AIS – Bane or Benefit?  

Bane or benefit - there’s an added intense struggle in the new-look world of the one-design Volvo Ocean Race around the world.

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) mandated by race management for use this time as a safety feature to avoid collisions is also a precise and compelling feature for tracking every tactical move of the competition.

14 March 2015


Roy P. Disney New Zealand Herald In-Port Race guest   

For today’s New Zealand Herald In-Port Race in Auckland, Team Alvimedica has Roy P. Disney on board. Roy and his father, the late Roy E. Disney, ran the Morning Light sailing program inviting 550 young sailors to try out for an offshore racing team to compete in the 2007 Transpacific Yacht Race from California to Hawaii. Team Alvimedica co-founders Charlie Enright and Mark Towill made the final squad.

14 March 2015


Village Life - Come on down!  

Crowds are enjoying perfect weather at the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Viaduct today, Saturday while super cyclone Pam batters and thrashes her way south.

The party’s nearly over. Saturday is the last day to take in the scene and enjoy the attractions of the pop-up village, which is destined to next arise in Newport, Rhode Island in the USA.

13 March 2015


Two-Day delay to Auckland Re-Start  

With cyclone Pam now upgraded to Category Five and its track towards New Zealand’s north-east uncertain, the Volvo Ocean Race organisers this morning announced Leg Five to Brazil will not start before Tuesday.

Knut Frostad the race CEO said prudence dictated the latest postponement. Previously, with the super storm intensifying, he said the start would be put off until Monday.

13 March 2015


Update regarding Sunday 15 March  

The planned Leg 5 departure for Sunday 15 March has been delayed to Tuesday 17 March at the earliest.

If the weather allows, there will be an In-Port style charity race taking place at 14:00 local time featuring all teams. The winning team will receive $10,000 NZD to give to the charity of their choice. This is weather dependent, and a final decision will be made no later than 18:00 local time on Saturday.

11 March 2015


Lego Boat adds dimension to Team SCA  

Do you yearn to be a model boat builder? Start with more than 100,000 Lego pieces and you could eventually build a replica of the scale model of the 2.5 metre long Team SCA model VO65.

The startlingly realistic pink and white model boat is one-tenth the size of the real thing raced by the all-women's team in the Volvo Ocean Race.

11 March 2015


Race Weekend 2015  

This weekend, 14-15 March, is Race Weekend in the Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover. But it’s not just about the yacht racing. The Race Village will be open with all the usual activities, and if you can’t get out on the water the Racing will be live on the big screens by the main stage.

10 March 2015


From sailors to test pilots – HPYD5 at Volvo Boatyard  

The astonishing pace of progress in sailing performance and boat and sail technology was the theme of Burns Fallows’ “Adapting to Change” keynote presentation yesterday at the opening of the 5th High Performance Yacht Design conference in Auckland.

He was addressing naval architects, engineers, builders, designers and researchers from 15 countries, on hand in the conference room of the Volvo Ocean Race Boatyard for three days of presentations and discussions on the current state of high performance yacht technology.

8 March 2015


Future Volvo Sailors shine in Optis  

Thirty-two young Optimist sailors from sailing clubs throughout New Zealand got their feet wet at the Volvo Ocean Race Academy this weekend in an educational and sporting programme staged around team racing.

The youth sailing initiative launched in 2011 marks the continuation of the Volvo Ocean Race’s commitment to youth sailing worldwide. Its competitive pinnacle is the Academy Team Racing Series in Optimist dinghies in each of the host ports.

7 March 2015


One Ton Revisited wraps up  

Bernard Hyde’s Farr 40 Pacific Sundance, the biggest boat in the One Ton Revisited Regatta, led the fleet home again on Saturday for a perfect first-to-finish record in the inaugural series only to drop to fifth place overall when handicaps were calculated.

Chris Bouzaid’s Rainbow II finished the racing in style with a second in the points-and-a-half final race on IRC corrected time, despite a broken spinnaker pile. The restored and refitted little Sparkman & Stephens-designed kauri sloop had already wrapped up the contest with victory in the double points long race yesterday.

6 March 2015


Technology to the fore at Volvo Pavilion  

Visitors to the Volvo Pavilion at the Volvo Ocean Village can examine and try out the sophisticated technology that brings fingertip precision and vibration-free comfort to the task of big truck driving.

The display is part of a fascinating digital-driven assortment that shows how Volvo introduces technology to work and play.

6 March 2015


Marine Industry Experts Convene at Volvo Ocean Race Village  

Marine industry experts from around the world will convene next week in the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin for the 5th High Performance Yacht Design conference.

This three-day technical conference, 9th to 11th March, is the latest for those who make it their business to push the performance boundaries of yachts both power and sail. It is organized by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects (RINA) NZ and the University of Auckland.

6 March 2015


Double Rainbow - One Ton Revisited Regatta Report  

Chris Bouzaid’s Rainbow II turned the clock back 46 years on Thursday and clinched the One Ton Revisited sailing series with a race to spare.

Fast forward, and today Bouzaid and his veteran crew nailed the five-race series to guarantee victory on overall points even though there is still the 1.5-points race finale scheduled for Saturday.

5 March 2015


Mum, I want to be a Volvo sailor!  

To be a Volvo Ocean Race sailor is to be a jack of all trades and a specialist in preferably several. And, it’s a non-stop life.

This week more than 550 school children from Auckland primary schools and further afield are finding out for themselves about the complexities and rewards, and the skill sets necessary to compete in the world’s premier ocean race.

4 March 2015


Getting shipwrecked – first hand!  

Getting shipwrecked is never a pleasant experience even if no one is hurt. It’s one of life’s moments to be avoided at all costs.

Ask Australian skipper Chris Nicholson and his 8-man crew aboard the 65-foot Team Vestas Wind, who came to grief while racing from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on Leg Two of the Volvo Ocean Race around the world.

4 March 2015


One Ton Revisited racing report  

Racing in the One Ton Revisited regatta continued on Tuesday and here's the report on the day's action out on the water.

Today is a rest day in the regatta and racing resumes on Thursday.

3 March 2015



The One Tonners return to race again, four decades on, during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

“We’ve got as many boats as them,” says the irrepressible Chris Bouzaid nodding down the dock at the six one-design Volvo Ocean 65s like colourful peas in a pod sitting on the hard nearby. “What’s more, we’re prettier and we’re having more fun.”

2 March 2015


Man on a Mission   

Nick Bice is on a mission. Unlike the Volvo Ocean Race crews who work around the clock when at sea, Bice and his core boatyard crew of 17 have just six days to check and service the six boats that arrived in Auckland on Friday night.

And they’re doing it with an audience. Visitors to the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Viaduct Harbour can visit Pit Lane where the boats on their shore stands tower into the sky. And they can view the sail loft floor and the workshop containers with their unending bustle of activity.

1 March 2015


Race Village fun for the little ones  

There's a huge range of great activities for children in the Auckland Stopover Race Village and children of all ages have been having fun in the sun today.

Hundreds of families have been enjoying mini-golf, having a go on the miniature cars and diggers, face-painting, the shipping container sandpit, fun with balloons and a first sail on the water.

28 February 2015


Mapfre wins Leg 4 to Auckland  

In a thrilling conclusion to Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Mapfre won the race to Auckland and crossed the finish line just over four minutes ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing with Dongfeng Race Team less than four minutes behind them.

Flotillas of boats were out on the water and crowds packed into the Race Village to welcome the fleet to the City of Sails.

28 February 2015


First boat expected at 9.30pm!  

The winning boat in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race is now expected to cross the finish line at about 9.30pm local time. Mapfre is still holding onto a slim lead ahead of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team. Who will win the sprint to the line? Come on down to the Race Village and cheer them home.


28 February 2015


Sprint for the line?  

Wind conditions and tides could mean a thrilling last dash to the line for the fleet racing into Auckland tonight!

Tom Touber, Volvo Ocean Race Chief Operating Officer, says it's not going to be a straightforward finish.

"There's a fair chance that it will be a relatively quick sail to Rangitoto Island but at the moment it looks like there will then be no wind and the tide is against them.

"The leaders may have to anchor and wait for the tide to turn which will give Team Brunel and Team SCA time to catch up. It's possible that from about midnight tonight we may see a breathtaking light breeze battle to the line.”

The Auckland Stopover Race Village will remain open through the night to welcome the boats into port. Come on down!

28 February 2015


The Race Within the Race  

High intensity competition featured at Auckland’s Volvo Ocean Race Village this morning as the six boats in the Volvo Race ocean leg from Sanya to Auckland fought for every advantage in light air off Whangarei’s Marsden Point.

Four teams from regional high schools and four from Auckland boat building companies raced to build small seaworthy craft in just two hours before competing on the waters of the Viaduct Basin.

28 February 2015


They're nearly here!  

The first boats are expected to arrive in Auckland tonight! The current ETA is sometime after 10pm and we will update you later today.

In a thrilling race to the finish line, only 12nm separates the first four boats and any one of Mapfre (current leader), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team and Team Alvimedica could be first in. The television helicopter went off up the coast to find the fleet this morning and pictured are Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Dongfeng Race Team at sunrise, just 100nm from the finish.

27 February 2015


King Knut crowned in Auckland  

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad was dubbed King Knut by Mayor of Auckland Len Brown during today's Opening Ceremony for the Auckland Stopover Race Village. Prime Minister John Key was there to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race family to New Zealand.

27 February 2015


PM at Race Village opening   

The Prime Minister John Key, Mayor of Auckland Len Brown and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad attended the opening of the Auckland Stopover Race Village this morning.

26 February 2015


Race Village opens tomorrow!  

The Opening Ceremony for the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race takes place at 0900 tomorrow when the Volvo Ocean Race family, led by CEO Knut Frostad, will be welcomed by Ngati Whatua. The huge range of attractions - ranging from a cross-section of a Volvo Ocean 65, the massive Boatyard, films, children's activities and much, much more - will be open daily until 15 March. And it's all free!

25 February 2015


Marine companies on show at Stopover  

Five top companies will be displaying their products and services at the Marine Showcase in the Viaduct Events Centre in the Auckland Stopover Race Village.

24 February 2015


The Black Seeds top the bill  

NZ chart-toppers The Black Seeds are one of the headline acts in the packed entertainment programme for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.

23 February 2015


Win a place in the In-Port Race!  

Win a place on board a Volvo Ocean 65 for the New Zealand Herald In-Port Race on Saturday 14 March!

20 February 2015


One Week to go!  

The Race Village opens one week today and the Auckland Stopover featured on the cover of today's edition of the NZ Herald. Hannah, Matt, Ruth and Geraldine from the Stopover team catch up with the news in the Auckland sunshine.

18 February 2015


Site Blessing for Auckland Race Village  

Saturday 14 February was highlighted in diaries as Valentine’s Day but for the team delivering the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race it had an entirely different importance as it was the day that the Race Village was handed over to the Auckland Stopover.

13 February 2015


Team Alvimedica supports NZ charities  

Heart Kids and the Starship Foundation will benefit from a global initiative by Team Alvimedica as part of the team's World Heart Health Charity Tour. The team is auctioning the chance for a place aboard Team Alvimedica in the Auckland Pro-Am Race or to win the Jump Seat on the boat as the fleet races out of Auckland at the start of Leg 5 to Itajai, Brazil.

8 February 2015


On the way to Auckland!  

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet has left China and is racing towards Auckland at the start of Leg 4. After a triumphant home Stopover in Sanya including winning Leg 3 and victory in the In-Port Race, Dongfeng Race Team led the fleet from the gun out of the bay of Sanya. That lead didn't last long as Team Brunel edged ahead and there's all to race for over the next three-and-a-half weeks as the fleet battle it out to the City of Sails.

4 February 2015


One Ton Revisited  

It will be a chance to revisit the glory days in a regatta for One Tonners during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. Eight NZ crews will race in a 5 day regatta on the Hauraki Gulf.

22 January 2015


Kia Ora to the Port Crew!  

80 members of the Auckland Stopover volunteer Port Crew met up last weekend for a team building and networking day at a sunny Okahu Bay.

16 January 2015


40 Years, 40 Faces opens at Voyager Museum  

The photographic exhibition featuring stunning images from the first 40 years of the Volvo Ocean Race opens at the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum on Auckland's waterfront on Saturday 17 January. Read our preview here.

4 January 2015


Abu Dhabi lead the fleet to Sanya  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, skippered by Ian Walker, headed the fleet through a blanket of fog to take an early lead at the start of Leg 3 to Sanya, China. Earlier Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson announced that the team hoped to rejoin the fleet in Lisbon for the final two Legs of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15.

3 January 2015


Women win In-Port Race  

The all-women's crew of Team SCA beat the field and the light wind conditions to win the In-Port Race at the Abu Dhabi Stopover. After a delayed start, the race was curtailed to 3.2 nautical miles. Team SCA opened up a lead of 50 metres by the first mark and were never caught.

23 December 2014


Off the rocks  

After an extraordinary rescue operation masterminded by shore manager Neil Cox, the Team Vestas Wind boat has been lifted off the rocks of the reef in the Indian Ocean where it grounded three weeks ago and has been loaded onto a Maersk cargo ship. Now the boat has begun its long voyage first to Mauritius, then Malaysia and on to an undisclosed destination in Europe.

9 December 2014


We'll be back  

Team Vestas Wind talked to media in Abu Dhabi today and confirmed that the team was exploring every option to get back into the Volvo Ocean Race.

3 December 2014


Fishing boat picks up Vestas Wind crew  

Fishing boat Eliza has picked up the shipwrecked crew of Team Vestas Wind, skippered by Chris Nicholson, from the remote Ile du Sud to take them to Mauritius Island, the first stage of the journey to Abu Dhabi.

30 November 2014


Team Vestas Wind runs aground  

In the early hours of Sunday morning (NZT), Team Vestas Wind informed Race Control that their boat was grounded on the Cargados Carajos Shoals, Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean. Fortunately, no one was injured and the crew, which includes Kiwis Tony Rae and Rob Salthouse, has now been rescued by the local coastguard. 

23 November 2014


40 Years, 40 Faces  

A stunning photography exhibition capturing the extremes of sailing from the 40 years of the Volvo Ocean Race will be on display at the Voyager Maritime Museum from 17 January to 22 March 2015.

20 November 2014


100 days to go!  

It's just 100 days until the official opening of the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover - that's Friday 27 February 2015. Get an early look of everything that will be on offer by watching our new virtual flyover of the Race Village here

6 November 2014


Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing wins Leg 1  

After more than 25 days of racing over 6,847 nautical miles, Ian Walker skippered Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing to victory in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15, in a thrilling finish just 12 minutes ahead of Dong Feng Racing Team, who had been chasing them hard for the last few days.

30 October 2014


Final inspection for Auckland  

Volvo Ocean Race Host Port Operations Manager Peter Ansell is in Auckland this week ensuring that the delivery team is on target with preparations for the Stopover in February and March next year.

13 October 2014


They're off!  

After the long hard months of preparation and the flurry of the final few days, the fleet of seven Volvo Ocean 65s raced out of the home port of Alicante, Spain, at the start of Leg 1 to Cape Town, South Africa.

7 October 2014


Happy birthday Ryan!  

Kiwi Ryan Houston, watch captain on Team Alvimedica, turns 32 today and is celebrating in Alicante, Spain, just five days before the fleet departs on Leg 1 to Capetown, South Africa.

6 October 2014


Team Alvimedica win opening In-Port Race  

The Turkish/American entry Team Alvimedica won the opening event of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 as they crossed the line first in the In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain.

23 September 2014


Trophy comes to NZ  

The Volvo Ocean Race Trophy will be on display at the Auckland Boat Show from 25 - 28 September - now's your chance to come and view it close up and take a selfie beside one of the most prestigious prizes in international sport.

18 September 2014


Team Vestas win Leg Zero  

Chris Nicholson - with Kiwi Race veterans Rob Salthouse and Tony Rae aboard - skippered Team Vestas Wind to victory in Race Zero, the official final practice race for the fleet of seven Volvo Ocean 65s.

10 September 2014


Less than six months to go!  

On Friday 27 February, the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover will open for business ready to welcome the fleet contesting the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15. Seven boats – the new one-design Volvo Ocean 65s – are due to contest this edition of the Race which starts in Alicante (Spain) next month and the fourth Leg will see the fleet race from Sanya (China) into Auckland.

28 July 2014


RNZYS official signing  

The Quarter Deck Restaurant at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was the setting for the official signing of the agreement appointing the Squadron to manage the racing during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2015.

8 July 2014


Two Kiwis selected for Team Alvimedica  

Kiwi sailors Ryan Houston and Dave Swete have been selected to join the crew of Team Alvimedica. The New Zealanders were among five crew members announced by the team today.

20 June 2014


Join the Auckland Port Crew!  

The call is out to recruit volunteers to form the Port Crew for the 2015 Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race. The organisers are looking to recruit 300+ volunteers to fill a huge variety of roles when the Volvo Ocean Race fleet arrive in Auckland in February 2015.

30 May 2014


Bannatyne mentors Team Alvimedica  

Kiwi Stu Bannatyne, veteran of six Volvo Ocean Races, is mentoring Team Alvimedica in a trans-Atlantic training leg from Lisbon to Newport, Rhode Island.

1 April 2014


Change of plan for Dongfeng  

Charles Caudrelier and his crew on board the Volvo Ocean 65 Dongfeng are now heading for Hong Kong as forecasted weather scuppers their plan to complete the training leg to Auckland, New Zealand.

19 March 2014


Dongfeng comes to Auckland!  

Kiwis get the chance to see the new one-design boat which will be used by all teams in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 when Dongfeng Race Team sail into Auckland next month.

27 February 2014


It's One Year to Go!  

On 27 February 2015, the Auckland Stopover Race Village will open its doors to the world and the crowds will eagerly await the arrival of the leaders of the fleet as they race into Auckland at the end of Leg Four of the 2014/15 Volvo Ocean Race.

4 December 2013


Bekking and Brunel back and they mean business  

Dutch sailor Bouwe Bekking will skipper a new campaign launched by Brunel on Tuesday in Amsterdam. This will be his seventh participation and the sponsor’s third involvement in the race – both Bekking and Brunel are back to win the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.

31 October 2013


Team Dongfeng, a Chinese entry in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15  

A team from China, backed by Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle and run by leading sailing management company OC Sport, has announced it will compete in the next edition of the race. Team Dongfeng is the third entry so far to announce its participation in the 12th edition of the race in 2014-15.

3 October 2013


Volvo Ocean 65's - the momentum builds  

By Agathe Armand
All eyes may be on Team SCA’s new racing machine, but there are many more Volvo Ocean 65s to come. Work has already started on the seventh boat in the one-design series – with a full 12 months to go before the start of the 12th edition of the race on October 4, 2014.

2 September 2013


"There is a much tougher challenge ahead" - Walker  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing came from behind to cross the Fastnet line ahead of future Volvo Ocean Race rivals Team SCA on Wednesday morning but all skipper Ian Walker can think about is the race he is really preparing for.
"It doesn’t matter whether you’re a young team, a female team or the most experienced team in the race. Everybody is going to have their chance to be very competitive" - Walker

2 September 2013


Training pays off as SCA score huge Fastnet boost  

After leading Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing for most of their Fastnet duel, and securing an IRC CK class victory on corrected time into the bargain, Team SCA had every reason to be satisfied with their performance. 

1 July 2013


Team SCA maintain record breaking rhythm  

Team SCA's record breaking rhythm shows no sign of letting up after the all-female team posted a new best time in a training run from their Lanzarote base at Puerto Calero to La Palma Marina.
The next big target for Team SCA will be the Rolex Fastnet Race in August – the first offshore race for the team.

22 May 2013


Volvo Ocean 65 - Building the future  

Our Building the Future series has already taken us from the design stage in Annapolis, Maryland across to construction in Italy, France, Switzerland and the UK.
In the latest episode, Rick Deppe heads back to the U.S. for a tour of the North Sails plant using the latest design technology to make the sails for this radical new project.
Volvo Ocean 65 - Building the future video

20 March 2012


Lorient completes daunting route for 2014-2015  

Lorient completes daunting route for 2014-15 8 Apr 2013 The French city of Lorient will return as the penultimate stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race for the 12th edition in 2014-15, completing a route that will test the world's best professional sailors to the limit in a race around the world lasting almost nine months and 40,000 nautical miles. 

19 March 2012


The first five: SCA reveal quintet for all-female team  

British pair Sam Davies and Annie Lush, Australians Sophie Ciszek and Liz Wardley and Carolijn Brouwer of the Netherlands are the first sailors selected by Team SCA to be part of the all-female team for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. 

18 March 2012


New Boat Design  

At 65ft LOA the new yachts are slightly shorter than the previous generation of Volvo Open 70s but will be more reliable, robust and affordable while still being a very high performance racing boat.

18 March 2012


Relive the race: 2011-2012  

Sailing a tactically excellent Waitemata Harbour race, Aucklander Mike Sanderson led the fleet out into the Hauraki Gulf in the start of leg 5 of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Bouncing back from a fourth place finish in yesterday’s In-Port Race, Sanderson's Team Sanya led at every mark of the inner harbour part of the course and then extended this lead as the boats sailed out of Auckland in windy conditions.

18 March 2012


Auckland returns for double dose of Volvo Ocean Race  

Auckland returns for double dose of Volvo Ocean Race

The City of Sails will again play host to sailing's greatest adventure after winning selection as a Host Port for both the 12th edition in 2014-15 and the 13th.
"Sailing into Auckland after a 10-year gap felt like the race was coming home" - Knut Frostad
Auckland, a world renowned sailing capital, returned to the race route for the first time in 10 years in 2011-12 and staged a spectacular stopover at Auckland Viaduct, with spectators packing the Race Village and Waitemata Harbour. 

18 March 2012


250,000+ visitors  

The 250,000th visitor to the Auckland Stopover Race Village was counted in at 8.45 pm last night!

18 March 2012


Crew rules  

On a racing yacht, if a piece of gear doesn’t make you go faster, it is probably slowing you down.
We find out more about what the crews are allowed to take on board as the fleet prepares to start Leg 5 to Brazil.

17 March 2012


In-Port Race report  

Chris Nicholson’s CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand squeezed out every drop of home advantage to score a decisive win in the Auckland In-Port Race.
To the delight of the huge crowd of spectators, CAMPER slipped into an early lead and showed the rest of the fleet the way around the race course on the Waitemata Harbour.

17 March 2012


Victory for CAMPER!  

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand delighted the home crowd with an emphatic victory in the In-Port Race.
They led the race from the first mark and came home nearly a minute clear of second placed PUMA Ocean Racing powered by Berg.

17 March 2012


Where to watch today  

Here's our unofficial spectator guide to where to watch from our local experts in the Auckland Stopover media team. These are all public areas with no special facilities laid on.
Or come down to the Race Village to cheer the teams as they set out and return, watch live coverage on the big screens and see the prize giving live on stage.

16 March 2012


Auckland's maritime landmarks  

The In-Port Races and Departure course on Auckland’s sparkling Waitemata harbour are bordered by some of New Zealand’s most famous maritime landmarks.

16 March 2012


Team Sanya win Pro-Am day  

Auckland put on a fine day for the three Pro-Am races scheduled to run on short courses on the Waitemata Harbour. Too fine in fact. 
“Auckland was holding its breath,” said legendary yachting commentator Peter Montgomery.

16 March 2012


In-Port tactics  

If a group of yacht racing skippers were to collaborate on the design of a challenging yacht racing venue, it would probably end up looking similar to the Waitemata Harbour. 
And Saturday’s In-Port Race will pit the six-strong Volvo fleet against each other – and the Waitemata Harbour - in the chase for all important Race points. What will it take to win?

16 March 2012


Flash mob!  

Did you see them on Queen Sreet this morning?
Volunteers and staff from the Auckland Stopover donned bright yellow lifejackets and formed a flash mob to surprise Auckland commuters this morning!

15 March 2012


Try Sailing!  

Friday is the last chance to have a free sailing lesson through the Volvo Ocean Race Try Sailing programme in the Race Village.
It's running from 10am to 4pm from the Tidal Steps in Karanga Plaza.

15 March 2012


Rayglass new Protector on show  

Look out on the water during the racing at the Auckland Stopover and you’ll see Race Director Jack Lloyd and CEO Knut Frostad directing the action from the new Rayglass 9m Cabin Protector rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB).

15 March 2012


Practice Race results  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing took the honours in today's Practice Race as the fleet returned to the water for the first time.
Only four yachts participated in the Practice Race: Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, CAMPER with Team New Zealand, Groupama and Team Telefonica.

15 March 2012


The Race to Splash!  

The Auckland Stopover was hit by a perfect storm of circumstances that left the Volvo Ocean Race shore teams with long work lists and an impossibly short time frame in which to complete them. A delayed start of the Leg from Sanya, weather systems that caused the boats to sail for days in the wrong direction and a long and relatively slow windward slog to Auckland all conspired to halve the programmed turnaround window.
Five of the fleet are now splashed back in the water but Sanya is still up in her cradle. Read more about the Race to Splash here!

15 March 2012


Spectator boats  

For those who want to get a little bit closer to the action, but do not have a boat, a number of operators are sending spectator boats out to catch all the excitement.
Racing will get underway at 2pm on Sunday for the 6,700 nautical mile leg five of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race and there are a number of options for people to take. The main providers are Fullers, Auckland Water Taxis, and ExploreNZ.

14 March 2012


CAMPER looks ahead  

The CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand base opened its doors to the media today and the crew talked openly about the Race to date, the delayed start in Sanya and what lies ahead in the Southern Ocean.

14 March 2012


The next generation?  

Look around the Race Village this week and you’ll see big groups of excited schoolchildren. By Thursday, some 650 pupils will have visited the Village as part of a Schools Programme carefully planned by volunteer schools coordinator Meredith Graham and marketing coordinator Sam Henry.

14 March 2012


Volunteering with a difference!  

Lawyer Kristin Percy has found a novel way to beat the rush hour traffic in Auckland – she goes to work on a paddleboard. And to get to her shifts as a volunteer on the accreditation desk at the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover Village, she uses the same transport mode!

14 March 2012


Performance v design conundrum  

More than 400 people gathered to listen to a panel discussion on the design and sailability of the Volvo Ocean 70s - the world's fastest monohulls. The panel included Race Director Jack Lloyd, Abu Dhabi helmsman Simon Fisher and CAMPER helmsman Rob Salthouse.
“There is only so much you can take with water coming across the deck at 35 knots,” said Fisher “It is sometimes hard to just hang onto the wheel and to see where you are going.”
Salty added: “One of the biggest things is the acceleration of the boats. When you take off down a wave, it is like a turbo-charger kicking in. It is hard to stand up. Then, of course, you generally stop when you get to the bottom. That is the next thing.”

13 March 2012


Back to school!  

Rob Salthouse went back to school today - his old primary school.  
Hundreds of children at Greenhithe Primary School sat enthralled as Salty told stories of life onboard a Volvo Ocean 70 - the world's fastest monohull.

13 March 2012


Accreditation team  

You’ll see them on your left as you enter the Viaduct Events Centre - four women of varying ages and nationalities but always with matching welcoming smiles.
They are the accreditation team, the people who issue authorised passes allowing you access to various parts of the Volvo Ocean Race Stopover area.

13 March 2012


Creating Auckland's sculpture  

A sculpture with a difference is being created at the Voyager NZ Maritime Museum this week.
Schoolchildren and the public are invited to join Skeleton Sea artist João Parrinha to help create a sculpture of a Whale’s Tail made from beach trash as part of the Volvo Ocean Race’s Keep the Oceans Clean! environmental project.

12 March 2012


Race against the clock   

With such a short turn-round time to get the yachts ready to go back in the water, shore crews and associated workers are having a busy time. Perhaps busy is not strong enough – frantic might be more appropriate.
The good news for shore and team managers is that none of the Volvo Open 70 yachts suffered serious damage during Leg 4 from Sanya in China. Telefonica did suffer minor damage to the bow after hitting a log or some other floating object (no one is quite sure what it was).

12 March 2012


Overall standings after Leg 4  

After the conclusion of Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, Telefonica remains top of the overall standings with Groupama's leg win moving the French team up to second place in the rankings. CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand is in third, ahead of PUMA, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team Sanya.

11 March 2012


Don't drop it!  

John Lundon is an expert at picking things up. Big things. As the Auckland Manager of New Zealand Crane Hire, he oversees the lifting of the Volvo Open 70 race yachts out of the water as they come in for the Auckland Stopover.

11 March 2012


Nico on Auckland  

Chris Nicholson, skipper of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand, on CAMPER's arrival into Auckland:
"You have two emotions. One of disappointment as we were so close to getting Telefonica but the other is really humbling. It was an amazing reception for the team. It was a really good experience."

11 March 2012


What a finish!  

PUMA powered by Berg Propulsion took second place in Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, arriving in Auckland at 11:55.43.
As skipper Ken Read and his crew wearily climbed onto the stage for the official presentation, the watchers on the water and foreshore watched the climax of a great race for the line between Telefonica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand. Telefonica just held off CAMPER, crossing the line 93 seconds ahead - an incredible margin after more than 20 days of racing from Sanya.

11 March 2012


Young Kiwi sailors race in Academy  

Eight teams of youth sailors will participate this weekend in the Auckland Stopover Volvo Ocean Race Academy.
The Academy worked closely with the New Zealand Optimist Association to bring the teams from Canterbury, Whakatere, Kohimarama, Napier and Murrays Bay into the Viaduct area for a three day training and racing series.

11 March 2012


Groupama by night  

Groupama arrives in Auckland by night - what a stunning shot by Volvo Ocean Race photographer Ian Roman!

11 March 2012


PUMA coming in for USA day!  

PUMA powered by Berg Propulsion is on course to arrive in Auckland late this morning during USA day at the Global Party in the Race Village.
Latest estimates put PUMA coming into the Viaduct at about 11.45am - just after the Auckland Gospel Choir have left the PUMA Main Stage.

11 March 2012


Groupama welcomed to Auckland!  

Groupama crossed the finish line at 11:33.47pm (unofficial time) to win Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race, more than 80 miles ahead of their nearest rival.
"It's a great day for Groupama 4 and it's a great to arrive here first into Auckland,'' said skipper Franck Cammas. "I'm pretty sure we're going to have a good time here with all the sailing fans. It's a good place to win for sure."

10 March 2012


First Kiwi home!  

Brad Marsh, the first Kiwi home in the Volvo Ocean Race, talks on the final approach to Auckland:
"It feels amazing. It’s a childhood dream for me. I didn’t allow myself to think about winning up until today. But the excitement set in as we came down the coast and I realised it was all going to happen.

10 March 2012


Live from CAMPER!  

Volvo Ocean Race MC Hannah White managed to catch a quick phone conversation with Hamish Hooper, the Media Crew Member aboard CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand this afternoon.
As CAMPER was approaching Cape Reinga, she was in a tight, three way battle for a podium position against Puma and Telefónica who have been in sight of each other and taking turns occupying the second, third and fourth place slots since the wee hours of this morning.

10 March 2012


Planning to watch on the water?  

Groupama, current leader of Leg 4, is scheduled to arrive in Auckland late this evening.
If you are planning to take your boat on to the water to watch, please read the Harbourmaster's Instructions and study the course maps before leaving home. View the instructions and maps online here

10 March 2012


The Welcome into Auckland  

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet is in for a typically warm New Zealand welcome on arrival in Auckland.
Two sailing waka (Maori ceremonial canoes) will be patrolling just outside the Viaduct Harbour entrance, waiting for their guests. As each yacht comes in, the waka will take up position on each side of the boat to escort it into the harbour. Conches will be blown and oars raised in salutation.

10 March 2012


Hungry? Lots to eat at the Race Village!  

Taking a walk round the Volvo Ocean Race village can work up quite an appetite. In the interests of satisfying such hunger pangs, the intrepid reporters of the Auckland Stopover media team went for a look at the food on offer.

9 March 2012


Buses replace some trains this weekend  

Travel update from Auckland Transport about weekend train services

9 March 2012


First Kiwi home  

Kiwi sailors have a great tradition in international grand prix blue water racing. Of the 66 crew on the six boats racing into Auckland this weekend, 20 are sailing to their homeland.
The painful irony is that the current overall race leader Telefonica is the only boat in the without a Kiwi on board.

9 March 2012


Best in Show  

Where can you go to find the latest and greatest in marine toys?
The DHL NZ Marine Export Showcase in the Viaduct Events Centre!
“The idea was to get behind the companies that have supplied products and supplies to the Volvo boats," says Showcase Network Manager Debbie Howarth. "About 80% of the companies featured here in the Showcase have supplied a product or service to the boats.”

9 March 2012


Follow the action live!  

Race fans can now follow the boats in real time as they race into Auckland at the end of Leg 4.
The Volvo Ocean Race tracker has now gone live. The tracker normally updates every three hours but as the action hits its climax with the leading boats approaching the finish line in Auckland, the updates will come through every 60 seconds.

8 March 2012


Dalts and the Race  

“I’m Grant Dalton. I’m MD at Emirates Team New Zealand,” But he's a man that needs no introduction. After more than 20 years with ocean racing and the face of the Emirates Team NZ campaign, he is instantly recognizable.

8 March 2012


King Neptune's Trail  

It may have rained on their Parade this morning, but that didn’t discourage the sea creatures in King Neptune’s Trail.
The Parade, which meanders its singing-and-dancing way from outside O’Hagan’s Bar in Market Square through to the Volvo Ocean Race Village stage, showcases sea creatures representing the countries participating in the race.

8 March 2012


The man behind the camera  

It’s the Auckland Stopover’s job to entice people to come down to the Race Village but it’s Vince Gooding’s job to keep them there.
Until 18 March, when the fleet start the next Leg to Brazil, the Race Village will be pumping with live entertainment and a variety of activities for the entire family. A dedicated closed television network will bring all the events to all parts of the Race Village, all day long, for the duration of the Auckland Stopover.

8 March 2012


The Global Party begins!  

Let the party begin! Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right).
Surrounding them are some of the fabulous marine creatures from King Neptune's Trail, the parade that will perform daily in the Race Village from Saturday. 

8 March 2012


The on-the-water volunteers  

The volunteers for the Auckland Stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race are not just to be found on land – they’re on the water as well.
The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron has managed to persuade 40 boat owners to give up their time (and their craft) to act as race marshals during the final three days of the Stopover.

7 March 2012


We are ready!  

It's all happening in the Viaduct as the Race Village opens to the public!
Tamati gets things going with live coverage into Breakfast as he tours the Village and meets some of the Parade performers and the shore crew for Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER. Then the Mayor of Auckland will cut the red ribbon and the Global Party will begin. Come on down. Remember, it's all FREE!

7 March 2012


Waiting for CAMPER  

Find out what happens during a Volvo Ocean Race Stopover as Neil Cox, Shore Manager for Emirates Team New Zealand's entry CAMPER, reveals what goes on inside the Team Base.

7 March 2012


Kia ora Knut!  

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad was welcomed to New Zealand by kapa haka group Pounamu at Auckland International Airport this morning.
“It was an incredible experience and very touching,” Frostad said. “It really woke me up after a very long flight from Alicante!”

7 March 2012


Be prepared with!  

Planning to come down to join the Global Party at theRace Village?
Check out if it’s busy before you leave, whilst on route or during your visit to the Race Village. New website includes a live webcam view of Te Wero Island which shows what’s happening on the stage and how busy the Village is. In addition, the site has information on train or bus services from the same source as plus updates on roadworks and other potential delays from Auckland Transport.

7 March 2012


Beach trash to Art   

The Auckland Stopover is organizing a beach clean-up with a difference as part of its efforts around the Volvo Ocean Race’s global initiative “Keep the Oceans Clean!”
Members of the public are invited to participate in a three hour clean-up of the beaches of Motuihe Island on the Hauraki Gulf this Saturday (10 March). And, in a unique twist, each piece of trash collected may be transformed into art.

6 March 2012


The great building challenge  

After talking to Gerhard Carlson, the man in charge, and his project manager Fredrik Nylén, you feel confident that the the building of the massive Volvo Pavilion is in safe hands. Between these two and their small army of Swedish, Czech and Dutch technicians, the 34 shipping containers that create the Pavilion are all but unpacked and in place, ready for the opening of the Race Village on Thursday.

5 March 2012


Feeding the crews  

After almost 20 days at sea, eating nothing but freeze-dried food, you might think a meal made from fresh ingredients would be high on a sailor’s wish list.
But one of the first requests has been for less healthy options – pizza and burgers.

5 March 2012


The man at the helm of the Race  

For a guy with such a challenging job, Volvo Ocean Race Director Jack Lloyd seems incredibly relaxed.
Perhaps it 's due to many years of experience in America’s Cup and Volvo race management or maybe it is his Kiwi can-do attitude, or both. His role is to delicately balance the safety and well-being of the crew and yachts in the Race, the voracious public appetite for the latest information from the boats while being sympathetic to the needs of the sponsors, whose support is essential for an international event the magnitude of the Volvo Ocean Race.

4 March 2012


They're magic!  

Longtime yachties Royce & Adrian Cox and Mike Malcolm have generously made their boats available to accredited photographers covering the Auckland Stopover.
The Coxes have owned their Formula 60 motor launch Magic Express for four years, travelling around the coasts of NZ and also taking in an 11 week trip to Steward Island. Mike Malcolm, a longstanding member of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, is the owner of Affinity, a Riviera 51.

3 March 2012


Don't they look good!  

The A team gathered in the Volunteers Centre in the Race Village today for a final briefing session and to pick up their official uniform.
Some 200 volunteers braved the wind and rain to travel to the Viaduct for a session with the Auckland Stopover Heads of Department  and Team Managers before donning their orange volunteers uniforms for a group photocall.

2 March 2012


Battening down...  

Auckland Stopover organisers are battening down the Race Village building site ready for the severe weather forecast for the North Island tonight and tomorrow.
More than seventy contractors are hard at work building the range of temporary structures that make up the Race Village in the Viaduct area.

2 March 2012


TV One coverage of Auckland  

TV One is the NZ rights holder for the Volvo Ocean Race and will be showing live coverage of the racing during the Auckland Stopover.
Highlights of Leg 4 and the finish will be shown at 11pm on Friday 16 March.
Live coverage of the In-Port Race will start at 1.00pm on Saturday 17 March and live coverage of the Leg 5 Start at 1.30pm on Sunday 18 March.

28 February 2012


It's a Global Party!  

There's a great Global Party lined up for the Race Village in the Viaduct during the Auckland Stopover. A rolling programme of entertainment for twelve hours each day - from 9am to 9pm - has been put together for the Stopover which runs from 8 - 18 March.
And it's all free!

27 February 2012


Watch the action from the Race Village!  

Watch our cool video showing the shipping containers arriving in the Race Village on Sunday here
Getting excited? We are!

26 February 2012


Containers arrive!  

It's all happening down at the Viaduct as the Race Village is starting to take shape.
The shipment of containers from the Abu Dhabi Stopover has now arrived and the shipping containers are being trucked into the Viaduct for unloading and storage.

22 February 2012


Up close and personal!  

Aucklanders will have a great close-up view of the world's fastest monohulls in action as the Volvo Open 70s race in Waitemata Harbour during the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.
Find out more about the courses for the Pro-Am Races on Friday 16 March, the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March and the Departure and Start of Leg 5 on Sunday 18 March.

21 February 2012


CAMPER energised by race for home  

CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand has sights set on a glorious homecoming into their home port as they scrap for the lead with Groupama in the first few hours of Leg 4 Stage 2 to Auckland.
“It’s times like this that you try to think happy thoughts -- like arriving into the Hauraki Gulf on a stunning Auckland summer’s day in front of the pack,” says Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper.

20 February 2012


Race Village build begins!  

The massive logistical operation to build the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race began in the Viaduct today (Monday).
Over the next 16 days, the Auckland Stopover Operations team will construct a Race Village with a footprint of more than 20,000 sqm, co-ordinate the arrival, unloading and storage of 150 shipping containers, create six Team Bases for the competing yachts, oversee the building of the Volvo Experience, sponsor pavilions, the entertainment stage, public bars, the set-up of Race HQ, the Media Centre and much more.

20 February 2012


Stage 2: off to Auckland!  

The delayed start of Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland will begin at 1200 local time today (Monday).
Volvo Ocean Race organisers announced that the boats would depart in a staged start, based on the finishing order and times of the 43nm short course yesterday.

19 February 2012


Stirring farewell for CAMPER  

Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER left the dock for the start of Leg 4 to Auckland with a stirring farewell from kapa haka group Pounamu.

19 February 2012


Weather forces split of Leg 4 to Auckland  

Volvo Ocean Race organisers have split Leg 4 from Sanya to Auckland into two stages and will hold the fleet in Sanya after today's Leg start to allow enough time for dangerous conditions to clear.
"Our Race Village will be open at 0900 on Thursday 8 March," said Auckland Port Director Tom Mayo. "It's an uncertain sport so it's never known exactly when the fleet will arrive. But whatever time or day it is, I'm sure Auckland will lay on the sort of welcome that only Auckland can."

19 February 2012


Kapa haka & dragons!  

Maori culture mixed with Chinese dragons as kapa haka took centre stage at the official handover ceremony from Sanya to Auckland as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet prepared to leave China on Sunday 19 February.

16 February 2012


Changes on CAMPER?  

The New Zealand Herald reports today that changes have been made to the leadership set-up onboard Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER prior to the Sanya In-Port Race and the start of Leg 4 to Auckland.

15 February 2012


Teams looking forward to Auckland!  

Groupama helmsman Thomas Coville can't wait for the race into Auckland.
“To go and win in Auckland is like winning the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand,” Coville said. “It is definitely at the front of everyone’s mind. Auckland is also pretty much the halfway point of the race, and it will give everyone the first good idea about who will ultimately take victory in the Volvo Ocean Race.”

10 February 2012


Follow the action on TV One  

The Volvo Ocean Race returns to TV One next week with 60 minutes of coverage of the Leg 3 finish at 11.00pm this Monday 13 February.

7 February 2012


Volunteers oversubscribed!  

Hundreds of applicants have signed up as volunteers for next month's Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race and the organisers have now closed volunteer registration.
“Just under 500 volunteers have registered on the database and we’ve been blown away by the quality and commitment,” says Port Director Tom Mayo. “Professionals and superannuants, students and yachties from all over New Zealand and overseas have got involved and many have already put in long days in the final planning phase for the event.”

6 February 2012


Is your business ready?  

The Auckland Stopover Business Ready kit is now available FREE to all Auckland businesses. It's your guide to making the most of the opportunities offered by the Auckland Stopover and it also highlights some of the impacts there may be on your business.
Get involved in our Adopt a Team promotion and dress your business to support one of the six competing teams in this year's Race.

6 February 2012


CAMPER third in Leg 3  

Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER finished third in Leg 3, arriving in Sanya behind Leg winner Telefonica and second placed Groupama. Less than nine hours separated the first five boats in the fleet after the crews had raced for more than 12 days over the gruelling 3,051 nautical miles from the safe haven restart point.

2 February 2012


The race for Sanya!  

There's barely 120 nautical miles between the first five yachts with less than 650nm to go to the finish of Leg 3 in Sanya, China. Overall Race leader Telefonica is 7nm ahead of Groupama with Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER another 30nm astern. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing is in fourth. In a suprise overnight development, PUMA has split away from the fleet in a last gasp gamble to snatch a win in this leg.

17 January 2012


On the way to Auckland!  

As the Race Village comes down at the end of the two week Abu Dhabi Stopover, a team from Auckland has been hard at work getting 140 shipping containers ready to load on the ship for New Zealand.
The containers are being loaded with equipment for the six participating teams, the massive Volvo Pavilion and other Race Village installations that make up the Volvo Experience.

17 January 2012


50 days to go!  

There are just 50 days to go to the Auckland Stopover!
The Auckland Stopover team is growing by the day as the excitement builds during the final countdown to the fleet arrival.
The fleet is loaded onto the container ship and is on its way to the safe haven port where Team Sanya will be reunited with the fleet. Then Leg 3b will start and the fleet will race to Sanya (China) for the third Stopover of the Race.

15 January 2012


Abu Dhabi dominate at home port  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing dominated proceedings at the Abu Dhabi Stopover. Winners of the In Port Race ahead of Groupama and Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER, Abu Dhabi also won the sprint to the safe haven port in the first part of Leg 3 to Sanya (China).

12 January 2012


More Race coverage on TV One  

The Volvo Ocean Race returns to TV One this weekend. First on is highlights of the finish of Leg 2 which will be screened at midnight on Friday 13 January. On Sunday at 2pm will be the Abu Dhabi In Port Race followed by the Start of Leg 3.

24 December 2011


Happy Christmas!  

A very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2012 from the team at the Auckland Stopover! 
We look forward to welcoming the fleet and thousands of visitors to the Race Village from 8 - 18 March.

12 December 2011


On the way to Abu Dhabi!  

Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER set off on Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race in second place overall as the fleet face a testing first night at sea with 25-30 knot winds coupled with three to four metre waves forecast.
CAMPER's crew were in fine form on departure, following a second place in the Cape Town In-Port Race behind Telefonica which means that CAMPER remain in second place overall, three points behind current Race leaders Telefonica.
As Leg 2 got underway, Abu Dhabi led the charge round the last mark as the fleet set out for the open sea with CAMPER in third place close behind.

8 December 2011


Volvo fleet reunited!  

The full Volvo Ocean Race fleet is back together for the first time in over a month, four days out from the start of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi.
Following its dismasting and unplanned sojourn on the island of Tristan da Cunha, PUMA Ocean Racing has now arrived in Cape Town for repairs and refit with just days to spare before ocean racing resumes in conditions that will once again test the teams to the limit.

29 November 2011


Schools Programme now available  

The Auckland Stopover, in conjunction with the Education Department of the Voyager New Zealand Maritime Museum (a Ministry of Education LEOTC provider), has devised a free programme of learning for schools, comprehensively linked with the New Zealand curriculum.

28 November 2011


100 days to go!  

It's 100 days to go till the Auckland Stopover! And the crew of Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER are really looking forward to coming home. Watch them and hear what they will be doing when they arrive in Auckland on our video here - shot at sea for the Auckland Stopover by Media Crew Member Hamish Hooper. Thanks Hoops!

28 November 2011


Telefonica triumph and CAMPER second  

Telefonica won the first leg of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race and celebrated in style in Cape Town. Sixteen hours later, after an eventful last night at sea, Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER finished in second place. Groupama, the only other boat still in the Race for Leg 1, still had more than 400nm to go to reach Cape Town.

22 November 2011


Despair as Puma loses mast  

More drama in Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean race as PUMA, powered by Berg Propulsion, lost her mast in the early hours of Tuesday morning (NZ time). No-one was hurt in the incident. It's the second mast failure of the Race after Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing suffered a mast breakage just six hours into Leg I.

14 November 2011


All change as crews enter the Doldrums  

As the four remaining crews enter the notorious windless Doldrums zone, PUMA Ocean Racing has built up a lead of some 12 nautical miles over Telefonica. Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER is currently 146.2 nm behind the leader with Groupama languishing back in fourth, a further 100 nm behind.

9 November 2011


CAMPER slips to fourth  

Groupama sailing team extended its lead at the front of the Volvo Ocean Race towards the close of Day 4. It is now more than 7 nautical miles ahead of nearest rival Telefonica. Puma, powered by Berg Propulsion, is a further 3 nm behind with Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER in fourth, some 31 nm behind the leader.
Groupama's gamble to go it alone and take an alternative route seeking wind close to the Moroccan coast has paid off so far. 

8 November 2011


CAMPER still holds lead  

More than two days into the Race and Emirates Team New Zealand's CAMPER is holding on to a slim lead ahead of Telefonica and Groupama sailing team, with PUMA powered by Berg Propulsion currently some 5 nautical miles adrift.
At the most recent checkpoint, the chasing pair were within one nautical mile of the leader but CAMPER has managed to keep her nose ahead throughout.

7 November 2011


And then there were four ...  

The extreme sea conditions took their toll during a dramatic first 24 hours of the Volvo Ocean Race as two boats were forced to suspend racing due to equipment failure.
Just over six hours into the Race, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing's yacht Azzam's mast broke in two places going through 5 metre waves and winds of up to 30 knots off the Spanish coast, about 30 miles south west of Cartagena. Then Sanya reported hull damage while sailing upwind through 10 metre waves. Both suspended racing immediately.

6 November 2011


CAMPER takes the lead as boats leave Alicante  

Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER proved the best of the six boat field over a fast and furious 8 nautical mile inshore course before the most evenly matched fleet in Volvo Ocean Race history blasted out towards brutal open sea conditions at the start of Leg 1 from Alicante.
CAMPER was the slickest away, as winds gusting up to 30 knots greeted the fleet, and was 1 minute 39 seconds ahead of second placed PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG at the Alicante leaving mark, with Team Telefónica another 36 seconds behind.

5 November 2011


CAMPER confident despite weather  

Testing conditions are predicted for the start of Leg 1 of the Volvo Ocean Race at 2.00am tonight (NZ time). The weather forecast is for winds of up to 30 knots and extremely choppy seas on the first night of the 6,500 nautical mile leg to Cape Town.
Despite the forecast, CAMPER’s skipper Chris Nicholson said his team were keen to get started on the 21 day leg.

4 November 2011


And they're off!  

In the early hours of Sunday morning (NZ time) the six boats competing in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race will set off on the gruelling nine month marathon around the globe.
Leg 1 is due to start at 2.00am NZ time on Sunday as the boats cross the start line at the beginning of the 20 day race, heading round the west coast of Africa to the first Stopover in Cape Town, South Africa. The fleet is due to arrive in Cape Town on 25 November.

3 November 2011


Watch the Race on TV One!  

All the action from the Volvo Ocean Race will be shown on TVNZ, the official broadcaster of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race in New Zealand, with extensive coverage planned on TV One.
The Race Preview and Start of Leg 1 from Alicante to Cape Town will be screened at 3.00pm this Sunday, 6 November. If you can't wait till then, you can watch the Start of Leg 1 live as it happens, as TVNZ is also offering live streaming of the Leg 1 Start on its website. The Start is scheduled for 2.00am Sunday morning, NZ time.

31 October 2011


Auckland seeking 'A' Team  

Are you a meticulous planner? Do you have experience in yacht haulout? Strong admin skills? An interest in the marine industry? Would you like to get involved with the excitement of another great NZ showcase event? We're looking for volunteer Team Leaders and Managers for a wide range of operational areas for the Auckland Stopover.
Applications are now being accepted for Team Leaders for the Volvo Ocean Race Academy, the Viaduct Events Centre, shipping container storage, Pit Lane, Halsey Wharf, the Eastern Viaduct and Finance and Administration Managers. Full details are available here

30 October 2011


Abu Dhabi wins and CAMPER third in opening In-Port Race  

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing won the opening In-Port Race of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race by a huge 14 minute margin and racked up the maximum 6 points.
PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG placed second, ahead of Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER in third. Team Sanya edged Groupama sailing team in the battle for fourth and fifth, with Team Telefónica trailing home in sixth and last place.

29 October 2011


CAMPER wins practice race!  

Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER crossed the finish line first in the final practice race before the action starts for real in the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race with today's In-Port Race.
In the purely test race (no points to be won), CAMPER took the lead before the first turning buoy and was never headed, crossing the finishing line in 47 minutes 39 seconds. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing finished second in 49:03 and PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG third in 50:59.

28 October 2011


Volvo Ocean Race starts tomorrow!  

The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race gets underway in Alicante, Spain, tomorrow (Saturday 29 October) with the opening In-Port Race followed one week later by the Start of Leg 1 to Cape Town.
Auckland Stopover Port Director Tom Mayo is in Alicante for final planning meetings with Volvo Ocean Race HQ staff, the shore crews of the six competing boats, other Stopover Port Directors and the organisers of the travelling elements of the Race Village.

26 October 2011


Hospitality packages now on sale!  

The official Auckland Stopover exclusive hospitality packages in the Latitude Lounge are now on sale via Ticketek.
Click here to book your package now!

18 October 2011


Your chance to get involved!  

The Auckland Stopover team is now recruiting volunteers to work in all areas both on and off the water before, during and after the Stopover.
“We have planned a fantastic Race Village, wonderful facilities for the competing crews and a great entertainment programme for the visiting public,” says Port Director Tom Mayo. “Now we are looking for volunteers to work with us to deliver something really special.”

10 October 2011


Team Telefonica wins final qualifying race  

Team Telefónica crossed the line first in the final Volvo Ocean Race qualifier, celebrating their arrival back in Alicante with a breakfast of sparkling wine and chocolate croissants.
The six boats competing in the 2011/12 race had to complete a 360-nautical mile race that started on Friday from Alicante and took the fleet out to Palma de Mallorca and back, in fickle winds which varied from 25 knots to almost nothing.

6 October 2011


Showcase sells out!  

The inaugural NZ Marine Export Showcase has sold out.
The Showcase, running throughout the Auckland Stopover, is designed to offer New Zealand’s leading marine industry innovators and suppliers a unique opportunity to exhibit products and information to the 200,000+ expected visitors and to build relationships with the international yachting world via access to the Volvo Ocean Race exclusive hospitality facility.

30 September 2011


Winemaker becomes first Port Sponsor  

French wine giant Pernod Ricard has become the first Port Sponsor of the Auckland Stopover for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race.
The sponsorship was announced at a special winemakers' lunch in Auckland.

19 September 2011


Key views trophy  

New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key viewed the Volvo Ocean Race trophy at the official opening of the Auckland International Boat Show on 14 September.
Key, pictured above (right) with Peter Busfield, CEO of the Auckland International Boat Show, officially opened the event which was held in the Viaduct Harbour - the venue for the Race Village for next year's Auckland Stopover during the Volvo Ocean Race.

5 September 2011


Trophy comes to Auckland  

NZ sailing fans have a rare chance to see the new Volvo Ocean Race trophy (pictured above), which will be on display at the Auckland International Boat Show in the Viaduct Harbour from 15-18 September. 

8 August 2011


Auckland waterfront transformed  

Fifty thousand visitors flocked to the official opening day for Wynyard Quarter, part of the redevelopment of Auckland's waterfront and site of the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover.
NZ $120 million has been spent on revamping eighteen hectares of the former industrial area and NZ Prime Minister John Key led the way across the new Wynyard Crossing to Gateway Plaza as five waka came into the Harbour to start the celebrations.

21 July 2011


Good luck to CAMPER!  

Auckland Port bid bon voyage to CAMPER, the Emirates Team New Zealand entry for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Commodore Ross Masters presented the crew with a RNZYS flag.

20 July 2011


Race Village plans announced  

Port Director Tom Mayo announced the plans for the Auckland Stopover Race Village at Auckland Port's Farewell to CAMPER. And you can view the 3D flyover on the right of the home page.

18 July 2011


Time to say goodbye!  

On Wednesday 20 July, Auckland Port will bid farewell to CAMPER, the Emirates Team New Zealand entry for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race, at a press conference to be held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron.

16 June 2011


Welcome to our new website!  

A warm Kiwi welcome to the official website for the Auckland Stopover for the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race!
The Race returns to the City of Sails for the first time in a decade next year with the Auckland Stopover from 8 - 18 March 2012.
The event 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.