What’s On Cardiff: Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Bay

To welcome the Volvo Ocean to South Wales, Cardiff Bay will be hosting a two-week free event, allowing visitors to explore the Race Village; find out more about the endurance contest in the Volvo Ocean Race cinema; take a photograph with the iconic trophy; and participate in a range of action-packed activities, including free watersport sessions.

The festival will have a true Welsh flavour, with producers offering locally sourced food and drink – from popular street food vendors to bars serving real ale, alongside live music sessions on the waterfront. So add the event to your diary – it’s going to be too good to miss!


1) The race began in 1973, then called the Whitbread Round the World Race, and is now established as one of the big three sailing events in the world, alongside the America’s Cup and the Olympic Games.

2) It’s the ultimate ocean marathon, across the world’s toughest oceans, covering a distance of 46,000 nautical miles over nine months.

3) Over four decades it’s kept an almost mythical hold over some of the world’s greatest sailors. To win it becomes an obsession. The sailors endure extreme conditions, and since the race began, five have tragically been lost at sea.

4) Teams are competing in the Volvo Ocean 65 one-design, a class of identical boats that cannot be modified in any way.

5) The race limits all-male teams to seven sailors, giving mixed teams a significant numerical advantage. In addition, showing a commitment to youth sailing, two crew members must be under the age of 30.

6) Twelve cities are hosting Race Village stopover events, including Cape Town, Auckland and, of course, Cardiff!

7) There are over 1,000 people involved in the organisation of the race and two identical ‘Race Village kits’, made up of the event infrastructure, that leapfrog around the world to each host city.

8) The fleet will blast across the North Atlantic from Newport Rhode Island on the transatlantic leg to Cardiff, which is worth double points. It’ll be the first time the race has returned to British shores in 12 years.

The best way to follow this incredible adventure is via the Volvo Ocean Race app: www.volvooceanracecardiff.com/about-the-race/. For more information about the Cardiff stopover, visit www.volvooceanracecardiff.com.