update (05 Nov 2014): The Volvo Ocean Race yachts will be arriving in Cape Town today!
Can you handle the anticipation?!? @volvooceanrace yachts will be arriving @VandAWaterfront #CapeTown around lunchtime TODAY! #excited ⛵️⛵️
— Volvo Ocean Race CPT (@VOR_CapeTown) November 5, 2014
Cape Town in South Africa will stage the first stopover on the 2014/15 route of the Volvo Ocean Race. The boats participating in the famous round-the-world yacht race are expected in Cape Town at the end of October and beginning of November 2014. The yachts will sail an In-Port Race on the weekend of the 15 November 2014, before they will restart the race on 19 November 2014.
The 12th Volvo Ocean Race already started on 04 October 2014, the day of the first In-Port Race in Alicante, Spain, and will finish with one last In-Port Race on 27 June 2015 in Gothenburg in Sweden. The stopovers along the 39,379-nautical mile route also include Abu Dhabi (UAE), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (Rhode Island, US), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France).
Cape Town first appeared on the Volvo Ocean Race route in 1973-74, in the inaugural edition of what was then the Whitbread Round the World Race. The Mother City was so far a stopover in 10 ot of 12 editions of the famous yacht race.