Gothenburg will host the Race again
Gothenburg to welcome another edition of the race
Volvo’s home city of Gothenburg will host a midsummer stopover from June 14-24, 2018, setting up the ultimate leg to the Netherlands.
This will be the fourth time the city has received the race, and city officials were delighted with their key spot in the Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 schedule. Depending on arrival times, the stopover is likely to be several days longer than in June 2015.
City Mayor, Ann-Sofie Hermansson, said: “In Gothenburg, we are proud to be the sailing capital of the Nordic countries and to be Volvo's home town. Therefore it is very exciting to welcome the yachts in the Volvo Ocean Race back. All visitors to the Free Port will see an area that is evolving and changing very much.”
Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city and as the centre of Volvo, so it’s no stranger to the race with previous editions both visiting and finishing here in 2002, 2006 and 2015. It’s a city of half a million people, with up to one million in the wider hinterland, and a long history as a shipping and maritime centre.
Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden. It faces the northern tip of Denmark across a stretch of water called the Kattegatt. To the northwest lies the Skagerrak and the route to the relatively open waters of the North Sea. But don’t be fooled by all the land around it, the North Sea can be a very rough piece of water. It’s showtime! Make sure you’re in town to see the boats come to the home of Volvo.
Make time for the West Coast Archipelago - it is stunningly beautiful. There are about ten thousand granite islands, small and large, many of them sheltering idyllic villages. If you don’t have time to get out on the water, then take any chance you get to stroll around the city. Gothenburg has been steadily expanding from its traditional businesses of shipping and industry, into a centre for creativity and innovation. And that means an ice cool café culture – you should find the best coffee anywhere on the race route. Add in some vibrant restaurants, serious shopping with great local and international fashion, a strong music and club scene, and any spare time you have for exploring can be soaked up with little effort. Oh, and if you have kids with you, then the Liseberg amusement park has more rides than any other in Scandinavia. Should keep the little ones quiet for a bit...
The heat will be coming from the racing – but Gothenburg is another spot where you may still need a jacket. The daily average is around 15C, but it can range as high as 30C during the day and drop as low as 10C at night. And as this is the west coast, you can also expect some rain. So better to make it a rain jacket.
The 13th edition of the world’s toughest offshore race will begin on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from Alicante (Spain) - more info here.