Cardiff University Becomes First Official Partner Of Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff Stopover

The Volvo Ocean Race makes its first visit to Wales with Cardiff University announced as the leading local partner.


The world’s premier sailing series will stop over for two weeks following a 3,300 nautical mile trip across the Atlantic as the Race returns to UK shores for the first time in 12 years. The Race left Rhode Island, USA on the 20th May with Welsh sailor Bleddyn Môn from Bangor taking part as a member of the Turn the Tide on Plastic crew. The fleet is expected to arrive in Cardiff Bay on Monday 28th May before moving onto Gothenburg and The Hague for the final legs of the prestigious race.


To celebrate the event, a race village will be established on the newly developed Alexandra Head on the barrage which will see a free festival of music and live-entertainment, water-sports, Volvo Ocean-Race themed attractions along with food, drink and trade stalls.


The Race will promote a message of strong, clean oceans during its 45,000 nautical mile voyage around the world, highlighting the eight million tonnes of plastic which enter the world’s oceans each year.


Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “We’re pleased that this issue is being highlighted at the highest level at the Volvo Ocean Race. It is an issue that we take very seriously here at Cardiff University, and we have been researching, identifying solutions and implementing change that will help reduce this problem. We are therefore delighted that the opportunity has arisen for not only the City of Cardiff to host this great event, but for the University to show its support in multiple ways to make it as successful as possible.”


A range of outreach and engagement activities will be hosted by Cardiff University with an ‘Eco-Schools’ event set to educate more than 250 students from across Wales on ocean plastic pollution. The University will also launch its Environmental Sustainability Strategy, outlining its commitment to a more environmentally friendly future.


“Cardiff University is an establishment firmly rooted in the makeup of our city and I am delighted that it will have an integral presence when Cardiff plays host city to the Volvo Ocean Race,” said Councillor Peter Bradbury, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure.


“With the ethos of the event surrounding sustainability and education of marine welfare, it is fitting that the University should have a place on the educational programme, offering its knowledge and research.”