It may be November but the best place to be in Lisbon this weekend is on the water with the Volvo Ocean Race. The race is a grueling 45,000 nautical miles for the competitors but the good news is that in each city where the race stops over, the organizers arrange a major event so you can get up close to the boats and crew as they prepare for the next Leg.
The race arrived in Lisbon last Tuesday and the start of the first major Leg commences from Lisbon to Cape Town on Sunday November 5th. There is lots to do and see at the Race Village before they head off so be sure to get down there for a great weekend of excitement.
Here’s some of what to expect to see and do at the Race Village and look out for the Way Finding Towers & iBeacons which sync to your smartphone to ensure you don’t miss out on anything.
The weather forecast on Saturday & Sunday is for clear skies & 20 Degrees so there are no excuses not to miss this event.
New for 2017-18 are the seven innovative Team Bases – designed to provide the ultimate window into the world of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Team Bases take pride of place in a brand-new Pit Lane experience, and fans will be able to walk between all of them to learn about the skippers, crews and sponsors. The ground floor of each Team Base will be open to the public, allowing fans to see how the crews work day to day.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with the actual Volvo Ocean 65 race boats sailed in the race as they sit dockside.
The Globe – Learning about the race and our environment
At the heart of each Race Village is The Globe – a large dome that serves as the Sustainability Centre and a place to take a few minutes to discover more about the growing problem of plastic pollution and the need to act now.
Videos in The Globe will also give visitors an insight into the Volvo Ocean Race itself, revealing more about the characters who have raced in it over the decades, their obsession to win, and the challenges they have faced. Visitors will also have a chance to see the Sustainability Exhibition, and sign a pledge to protect our oceans.
Race Boat Experience & Boatyard
Explore the boat that the sailors call home – crawl into a bunk, squeeze into the galley and the workstations and learn just how hard it is to do the simple things, like use the bathroom. Listen to the noises the boat makes as it blasts through the world's toughest environments. Head up on deck and get a selfie behind the wheel. There is even a challenge section where you can race against your mates or the clock to see how fast you can raise a Race Boat sail.