The Volvo Ocean Race route slow reveal continues, with the latest port being ‘officially’ announced by the organisers. While many have known that the city of Itajaí, in Brazil’s southern state of Santa Catarina, would be the stopover for a few days, the non-embargoed news was confirmed today.
[cleeng_content id=”284263878″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]It was no surprise that Brazil, which has welcomed the fleet on six previous occasions dating back to 1973-74 when Rio De Janeiro began its long association with the race, would play host once again to the round the world race, though three countries and eight cities bid for the opportunity to host the 2011-12 fleet.
Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, and a team member of the 2005-06 Brasil 1 project, said:
“We are pleased to confirm Itajaí’s inclusion in our race around the world. After rounding Cape Horn, our racing teams will truly appreciate the warm welcome that Brazil is famous for, and it will be the perfect place for the crews to regain their strength after such a testing leg in the southern ocean.”
Acknowledging that winning a stop on the Volvo Ocean Race is about more than just sailing. Santa Catarina, which has received a clutch of national awards for the best tourist destination in Brazil, will use the race to demonstrate its ability to organise large-scale events.
“The proposal from Itajaí also had strong and positive support from local, regional and central government. This was a key consideration. Itajaí has a strong reputation for boat building. It is important for the sailors who have been through the southern ocean on a very long leg to Brazil to know that support is in place. Itajaí has a great venue which can be transformed into an excellent Race Village for us. And, it’s a beautiful place. I am confident the sailors, sponsors, media, guests and international visitors coming to Itajai for the stopover will have a great experience.”
The American stop has already been leaked, but the Volvo Ocean Race organisers will wait until they have milked all the media they can out of this announcement before officially revealing the next stop.[/cleeng_content]