Volvo Ocean Race returns to the Netherlands
The Dutch port of The Hague is to be graced with a 24-hour pitstop during the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. This backs up the entry of the Netherlands campaign Team Brunel, together with the already announced entry for the 2017-18 fully crewed round the world race to be backed by Dutch professional training company Schouten Global.
The VO65s are scheduled to arrive on Friday, June 19, 2015 after sailing from the French port of Lorient. They will then continue racing the following day with staggered starts, exactly 24 hours after their arrival time.
For Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad, the choice to stage the pitstop in the Netherland was easy as the race receives huge support there: “The Netherlands is, like New Zealand, a place where sailing in general and the Volvo Ocean Race in particular has a high awareness and a long history. We want to support that.
The race's Dutch COO Tom Touber added: “In 2008-09, the fleet did a loop close to The Hague for Dutch fans and it was a success. This time it will be even bigger because the boats will actually come to shore and they can actually touch them and meet the sailors."
Karsten Klein, City Council Member of Sports, Youth and Welfare for The Hague, shares Touber’s view: "I am very proud that the Volvo Ocean Race chose our city as the only pit-stop in the 2014-15 edition. The Hague has a long sailing and watersports tradition and the pit-stop fits perfectly. It is not only a sportive highlight, but also a top sporting event for the whole city and its inhabitants."
The Hague and the Race are planning major public events including music concerts, festivals and many other attractions, some of which will feature the Team Brunel crew and their international rivals.