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May 17, 2016
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Portugal: Volvo Ocean Race: Portuguese Capital Is First Leg Destination


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Lisbon has been chosen as the destination for a flying start to the next edition of Volvo Ocean Race in 2017-18. Portugal’s capital city staged hugely popular stopovers following transatlantic legs in 2011-12 and 2014-15. But for the next edition, organisers have decided that a short leg from Alicante, Spain, would be the ideal way to begin the round-the-world challenge.

volvo ocean raceFurthermore the race organisers have also announced that a new Boatyard facility was opening with immediate effect in Lisbon to service the fleet for the next race and provide the base for an upgrade to all the Volvo Ocean 65 boats from October this year. The Lisbon Boatyard will complement the maintenance centre in Alicante that will continue to be available for teams as their Mediterranean training and support base.

Antonio Bolaños López, acting CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, told at the news conference: “We have a double reason to celebrate our close ties with the great maritime capital city of Lisbon today.

Firstly, we know that Lisbon will provide a packed and vibrant host city for our fleet after a thrilling first leg from Alicante, ensuring the next race in 2017-18 will begin in real style. Secondly, Lisbon offers us the perfect location to set up a second Boatyard operation on top of the existing provision we enjoy in our home city of Alicante.”

In 2014-2015 this event, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, had an economic impact in Lisbon of 30 million euros and was attended by more than 200 thousand people. 


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