Today is the start of the world’s toughest round-the-world sail race, Volvo Ocean Race. In June 2018 Gothenburg has the honour of welcoming the seven boats to the final stopover before the finish in The Hauge. There will be a big sailing party in Frihamnen where we are all invited to join the adventure. This is the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and it is the fourth time the race visits Gothenburg.
As the home of Volvo and with the sea stretching right into its heart, Gothenburg is the perfect place to experience this ultimate mix of sporting competition and world-class adventure from an unique perspective. The city and its archipelago offer great opportunities for spectators to be part of this week-long sailing party involving an In-Port Race as well as plenty of happenings and festivities in the Race Village with free entrance. Everyone’s invited! The boats are expected to arrive around the 14-15 June and on the 21 June the race of the final leg toward the finish line begins, after 45,000 nautical miles around the planet.
The Volvo Ocean Race is our chance to invite the whole world to Gothenburg. Gothenburg was founded in 1621 and has since then undergone an exciting journey from being only a shipping and industrial city to also becoming a creative hub for innovation. And further transformations lies ahead. The city has adopted ambitious targets for the three areas of sustainability, and the Volvo Ocean Race Gothenburg Stopover 2018 will reflect this. Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg 2018 is also an important milestone that will highlight two of the city’s biggest urban development projects: The River City centred on Frihamnen, and Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary that will take place in 2021.
So, welcome to our compact city where you are never far from great shopping, world-class restaurants, exciting places to meet and the tranquillity of the coast and islands. Welcome to Gothenburg – a sustainable city open to the world!
Important dates for Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg
14-15 June Arrival
14-21 June Race Village Opening
17 June In-Port Race
21 June Start of final leg towards The Hauge