The Brazilian state of Pernambuco will enter a team in the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race and its capital city of Recife will be the first stopover on the race’s route, which starts in Alicante in the second half of 2014.
Thus the Recife team is now the second publicly announced team for the VOR 12th edition, the most important offshore challenge of sailing. The first team announcing its participation was the SCA all-women’s team last year. The further details about the Brazilian team, including the name of the skipper, will be announced in the next few weeks. “The announcement of the Pernambuco team and Recife stopover are fantastic news for the Race,” declared the CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race Knut Frostad. “I’m delighted to see the Race strengthen our links with Brazil, Recife and Pernambuco in this way. Being the first stopover of the Race means a lot of attention on this great city and having a Brazilian team in the Race will be fantastic for all sailing fans across the country.” The decision to make Leg 1 of the route from Alicante to Recife, capital of the Pernambuco state on the Brazil’s northeast coast, means sailing’s great round-the-world challenge will be another important event Brazil will experience in one of the biggest sporting years in the country’s history as it will happen just a few months after the 2014 soccer World Cup which is also hosted by Brazil. Recife is one of the Host Cities with five matches to be played there.
The dates when The Volvo Ocean Race will visit Recife will be confirmed next month, but already is known, that it will be in mid to late October. ”The arrival of the Volvo Ocean Race will make the ‘year of Recife’ even more of a celebration,” said Volvo Ocean Race COO Tom Touber, when announcing the stopover in Recife. ”Brazil is the capital of world sport with the World Cup coming up in 2014 and the Rio Olympics to follow in 2016 and it’s a real thrill to be bringing the Race to a country with such passion for sport.”
Recife, a city with population of more than five million people, with wonderful palm trees and sunshine all year round, is famous for the sandy, wide Boa Viagem beach. It was just one of over 80 ports that expressed an interest in hosting the race after the bid process was started back in 2012. It is known that Recife will host the race for the next two editions.
The last Brazilian team which participated in the Volvo Ocean Race was Brasil 1 in 2005-06. The team’s skipper was Torben Grael and Knut Frostad, current CEO of the Volvo Ocean Race, took part as a crew member on some of the legs. The Brazilian campaign turned out to be a big success and generated great interest worldwide and in the media. The skipper Grael went on to win the Volvo Ocean Race as skipper of Ericsson 4 in 2008-09. The Volvo Ocean Race´s connection to Brazil date back to the year 1973, when the first edition of what was then known as the Whitbread Round the World Race stopped at Rio de Janeiro. The Race also visited Rio in its second edition in 1977-78 and later again in 2001-02, 2005-06 and 2008-09. In 1997-98 the Race stopped at São Sebastião, another Brazilian city, and in the last edition in 2011-12, Itajaí was among the Host Ports too.
The further information of the VOR route will be announced during the next few weeks. It is expected that the final details, including exact dates of stopovers and sailing distances, will be confirmed by mid-February. The Volvo Ocean Race is famous for being of sailing’s Big Three events together with the Olympic Games and The America’s Cup, and what’s interesting, no sailor has won an Olympic gold medal, the America’s Cup and the Volvo Ocean Race so far.