Cape Town will throw open the gates to the Volvo Ocean Race on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the V&A Waterfront.
From 0900 on Friday, the public will get the full Race Village Experience, including the Volvo Open 70 simulator, the 3-D cinema, the grinder challenge and lovable Albatross mascot Wisdom.
Two artists from Skeleton Sea will be at the Village as part of the Keep the Oceans Clean! campaign to promote action against pollution in our oceans. People will be given a chance to join in on beach cleans and help create a piece of art.
During the 17-day stopover there will be opportunities to get a first taste of life on the water through the Try Sailing programme, while the Race Academy will see teams of young sailors from across South Africa race against each other.
The highlight of the first weekend will be The Official Volvo Ocean Race Cape Town Stopover Welcoming Concert presented by the V&A Waterfront, featuring a concert by Prime Circle, the platinum selling South African rock band.
The village will be open from 0900 to 2100 each day until the boats depart for leg two to Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 11.
The other chance to see the Volvo Open 70s racing against each other will come on Saturday, December 10 with the second of the 10 in-port races, starting at 1500 local time (1300 UTC).
According to the latest ETAs, the first boat could arrive in Cape Town, which is hosting the Volvo Ocean Race for the eighth time, as early as Saturday.
Full programme for Sunday’s free concert event:
16h00 Limited Edition Drum Corps
16h45 Claire Phillips
18h00 The Rescu
19h00 Headline act: Prime Circle
For the full programme of events, visit the Cape Town stopover official website.