Race Village opening: 17 January 2018
Average ETA: 20 January 2018 (ETA updates will be published on the home page or ticker)
HGC In-Port Race Hong Kong: 27 January 2018, 06:00 UTC (14:00 Hong Kong) & Around Hong Kong Island Race 28 January 2018, 03:30 UTC (11:30 Hong Kong)*
Leg 5 Start: 1 February 2018
Leg 6 Start: 7 February 2018, 03:00 UTC (11:00 Hong Kong)
*These two races are added together to give an overall position for the Hong Kong In Port Race.
Hong Kong is a first for the Volvo Ocean Race.
Hong Kong is a city of stunning skylines, outstanding food and ancient traditions. Home to one of Asia’s most prestigious yacht clubs The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, it has sailing in the heart of the city. Despite several memorable visits to Asia this is the first time Hong Kong will host the Volvo Ocean Race.
It’s a chance for sailors to recharge batteries after an exhausting start.
After tackling the Southern Ocean from Cape Town to Melbourne and sailing 5,800 miles from Melbourne to Hong Kong, the sailors will be looking for some well-deserved rest. Surrounded by beautiful waters, Hong Kong boasts not only a great sailing heritage, but also a rich history of shipbuilding and engineering innovation. Nowadays, tourism is a major driver and whatever you do, don’t miss the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, with its 15 galleries and thousands of artifacts dedicated to telling the fascinating history of Hong Kong and the sea.
January is the coldest month in Hong Kong.
Although, the weather is usually dry and mild, it sometimes gets cloudy with some rain, although it’s rarely heavy. The average low and high temperatures are 14 °C (57 °F) and 19 °C (66 °F). Not to worry, the Volvo Ocean Race Merchandise store will have you covered!