The Volvo Ocean Race Museum, located at the Volvo Ocean Race HQ in Alicante, Spain, has opened its doors after design by Mather & Co. and the ensuing construction process. The museum “…is the first in the world to offer visitors a chance to experience the extreme challenges faced by the elite sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, which has its headquarters in Alicante,” says the Volvo Ocean Race.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, President of the Valencian Regional Government Alberto Fabra, and Mayor of Alicante Sonia Castedo were all in attendance. “The Volvo Ocean Race has helped the city of Alicante gain recognition throughout the world,” said Fabra. “In this permanent museum people will learn about the effort of the competitors in the race, which should serve as a stimulus for all those coming to visit us. This is the sort of spirit we need in these times.”
“It is with tremendous pride that we are opening the doors to the Museo Volvo Ocean Race, a new and unique project that will surprise, delight and inform thousands of visitors each year,” said Knut Frostad, Chief Executive Officer of the Volvo Ocean Race and himself a four-time competitor in the race.
The museum aims to inform both landlubbers and sailors about life on the water, as well as the challenges that Volvo Ocean Race crews face while sailing.