City Info

Race Village opening: 27 May 2018
Average ETA: 28 May 2018
Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race: 8 June 2018, 13:00 UTC (14:00 Cardiff)
Leg Start: 10 June 2018, 15:00 UTC (16:00 Cardiff) 

More information can be found on the Cardiff host city website: 

Find out all the cool things to see and do in our Race Village here.

Download 3D maps here:
- Cardiff Race Village map (PDF 2.2MB)
- Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race course map (PDF 1.2MB)
- Leg 10 Start course map (PDF 1.2MB)

Cardiff is the capital of Wales – and a sporting capital too.
The arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2018 completes a world-class sporting double for the Welsh city, which hosts the UEFA Champions League Final in 2017 at the city's iconic Principality Stadium. Wales is also a growing power in world football, having enjoyed an incredible run to the semi-finals of Euro 2016. Otherwise, it's fair to say that the national sport is rugby!

There’s a stunning range of tourist attractions in a city that is rich in ancient history.
For a start, there's the imposing Cardiff Castle, which has stood proud above the city since the 11th century. There's the National Museum Cardiff, Wales Millennium Centre – the home of opera, and if you like rafting as much as sailing, don't miss the Olympic standard course at Cardiff International White Water. With over a million residents in its metropolitan area, it’s not just sport that Cardiff has to boast about – in 2016, a European Union survey has revealed that Cardiff is the third best capital city to live in across the whole the continent.

This will be the first time the Volvo Ocean Race has visited the United Kingdom in more than a decade and, as Cardiff is only a 2 hour train ride from London and easily accessible by the M4, there’s no excuse not to visit.
So while Cardiff will be making its debut as host of the Volvo Ocean Race, it also represents a return to the roots of a race that began life as the Whitbread Round the World Race, and had its home on the south coast of England for over 35 years before the move to Alicante.

How do I get there?

Race Village: 
Cardiff Bay Barrage,
Alexandra Head,
CF10 4LY

Walk past the Norwegian Church on the waterfront and follow the cycle and pedestrian path to the site entrance.

Air: Cardiff (CWL)
Car Parking:
Havannah Street CF10 5SG
Stuart Street CF10 5BZ
Pierhead Street CF10 4PH
Train: Arrival Trains Wales have a dedicated shuttle service, between Cardiff Queen St station and Cardiff Bay.
Bus: The BayCar (Service 6) is the easiest way to travel between Cardiff City centre and Cardiff Bay (Barrage Walkway bus stop).

The Volvo Ocean Race will be in Cardiff from 27 May - 10 June 2018 and we’re looking for people to join our Volunteer Programme and help make the Stopover a huge success.

Registration for Cardiff is now open and you can sign up here. if you are looking for more information about becoming a Volunteer, please email the Volunteers Manager Cardiff Stopover, Simon Allen.

© Carmen Hidalgo/Volvo Ocean Race

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In-Port Race

Dongfeng Race Team takes come-from-behind win in Sky Ocean Rescue In-Port Race. Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team won the battle on Friday, but MAPFRE retains the overall lead in the In-Port Race Series...

The top three teams in the In-Port Race Series for the Volvo Ocean Race held down the podium positions on Friday afternoon in Cardiff, as Dongfeng Race Team made a pass on the last lap of the race course to claim the win.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

“We’re very happy. It’s always a pleasure to win the In-Port Race,” said skipper Charles Caudrelier. “I think we are making good progress on the inshore racing and for the team this is good for our morale ahead of the next two legs.”

The overall leader in the In-Port Series, Xabi Fernández’s MAPFRE, limited the damage on the points table with a second place finish, while Bouwe Bekking’s Team Brunel battled all afternoon to secure third place.

Conditions were good for racing, with wind near 10 knots and racing taking place in moderate currents during the turn of the tide. A large spectator fleet was on hand to enjoy the competition.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

In the moments before the start gun fired, it was apparent Vestas 11th Hour Racing was vulnerable, close to the line with too much time to kill, Charlie Enright’s team was pushed over the line early by Team Brunel.

A split on the first leg of the course saw Simeon Tienpont’s team AkzoNobel lead at the top mark and hold on to that advantage for two laps of the race.

But on the second downwind leg, Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team closed up on the run and split from AkzoNobel to the favoured side of the race course for the final upwind leg.

When the boats converged again near the top of the course, Caudrelier was in a strong position to tack directly ahead of AkzoNobel, to extend into a healthy lead for the run to the finish.

“I think we had very good speed today and we were able to tack and put them in our bad air and then he lost a lot,” Caudrelier explained.

© Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo Ocean Race

Indeed, it was a painful moment for AkzoNobel, who were pushed back all the way into third place, behind MAPFRE as well, before being passed by Brunel on the final run, eventually settling for fourth in a race the team had led for two laps of the course.

Vestas 11th Hour Racing fought back for a fifth place finish ahead of David Witt’s SHK/Scallywag and Dee Caffari’s Turn the Tide on Plastic.

If anything, the competition on Friday is a preview of what is in store on the final two legs of the Volvo Ocean Race.

Just three points separate Dongfeng Race Team (60) from MAPFRE (59) and Team Brunel (57) on the overall race leaderboard. All three teams were battling with intensity for a podium finish on Friday.

And all three teams have their sights firmly set on winning the next leg into Gothenburg to ensure they are in position to secure the race win on the final sprint into The Hague at the end of the month.

© Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

Should there be a tie on the overall race leaderboard at the end of the offshore legs, the In-Port Race Series standings will be used to break the tie. After today’s results, MAPFRE retain a considerable advantage in this respect (see standings below).

Leg 10 of the Volvo Ocean Race starts at 1600 local time in Cardiff (1500 UTC) on Sunday afternoon.

Current Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race Series Leaderboard
1. MAPFRE – 56 points
2. Dongfeng Race Team – 49 points
4. Team Brunel – 41 points
3. team AkzoNobel – 39 points
5. Vestas 11th Hour Racing – 26 points
6. Sun Hung Kai / Scallywag – 21 points
7. Turn the Tide on Plastic – 17 points

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