Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Volvo Ocean Race to stop over in Itajai

By Kate Laven 140PM GMT twenty-four Mar 2010

The Volvo swift has traditionally stopped at Rio de Janeiro on the track north, after flitting by the Southern Ocean and rounding Cape Horn, but with the Olympic Games in 2016 to organise, the additional weight on appropriation sources for a Volvo stopover swayed organisers to see elsewhere in South America.

It is believed that bids were perceived from a series of contenders, together with São Sebastião and Angra dos Reis, but days after phenomenon Sanyo, well known as the Hawai of China, as one the Asian stopovers, organisers voiced that the post of Itajai in Santa Catarina, regarded as one of Brazil"s tip traveller destinations, had been successful.

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Miami is approaching to be suggested as the North American stopover after this week, whilst a post in possibly Australia and New Zealand is additionally approaching to be enclosed in the programme for the 2011-12 race.

Itajai will symbol the finish of the tiresome Southern Ocean leg that takes the swift by a little of the majority severe waters on the planet, and turn Cape Horn, prior to streamer behind in to the northern hemisphere.

The competition village, where the boats are berthed and the stopover activities are focussed, will be sited in the post at the mouth of the Itajaí-Acu River, close to the beach review of Camboriú.

Before the fleets attainment in Mar 2012, a new floating post will be built for the competition and await boats, whilst investment will be sought to set up the competition village, that could capture some-more than a million visitors.

"Itajaí is a nautical Garden of Eden and one of the reasons it was selected as a stopover," explained State Governor Luiz Henrique da Silveira.

Another reason it was selected was the change of Torben Grael, the five time Brazilian Olympic medallist who won the last Volvo as skipper of Ericsson 4.

He and his brother, Lars, an additional important sailor, will lend their await to raising sponsorship and investment supports for both the stopover and additionally for a Volvo competition campaign.

As piece of their negotiations with Volvo, ports that have done successful bids to host stopovers have often concluded to account an entrance in the race, and Brazil is no exception, though no sponsorships have as nonetheless been announced.

Knut Frostad, CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, pronounced "We are gratified to endorse Itajaís inclusion in the competition around the world. After rounding Cape Horn, the racing teams will indeed conclude the comfortable acquire that Brazil is important for, and it will be the undiluted place for the crews to recover their strength after such a contrast leg in the Southern Ocean."

So far Volvo have voiced Alicante as the begin post with Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Sanyo, Itajai, Miami, Lorient and Lisbon hosting stopovers, and Galway in Ireland selected as the finish port.


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