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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.

 

The major event, the restart, involves a back-and-forth within the confines of the harbour before the fleet heads out into the Hauraki Gulf on the way to Itajai, Brazil.

 

Fullers Cruises is running the high-speed ferry Adventurer to watch the in-port section of the restart. Adventurer will be cruising within the harbour between the Harbour Bridge and Devonport. Boarding commences at their downtown terminal by the ferry building at 11:45am for a departure at 12:15pm.

 

Bookings are required and the telephone number is 09-367-9111.

 

Bill Anderson from Auckland Water Taxis is providing three boats to go out and watch the racing. These fast and manoeuvrable boats are capable of following the equally nimble high-speed yachts. The cruise is expected to take two hours and follows the boats for the in-port section before heading up the Rangitoto Channel to view the yachts blasting off to Brazil.

 

For further details, please contact Bill on 0800-890-007.

 

ExploreNZ is also putting on a spectator boat to take in the action on the harbour. ExploreNZ has partnered with Emirates Team New Zealand and is the official supplier of a supporters’ boat. Commentary for this trip is provided by Emirates Team New Zealand and should provide special insight to the race.

 

ExploreNZ is out on all three days; the Pro-Am Race on Friday, the In-Port Race on Saturday and the Leg Five Start on Sunday 18 March.

 

To book, contact ExploreNZ on 0800-397-567.

 

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