Associated British Ports (Abp) Announced As Host City Partner For Volvo Ocean Race Cardiff

ABP South Wales has been announced as a Host City Partner for the Cardiff stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race.


The global sporting event is making its first ever visit to Wales and ABP will be a presenting partner as the Race stops over in the capital for two weeks, beginning around the 28th May, before setting off for the final legs in Gothenburg and The Hague.


ABP, owner and operator of the port of Cardiff, has worked alongside the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council during the bidding process and is helping to facilitate the delivery of the prestigious event when it arrives in a few weeks’ time on Welsh shores. The Race will have travelled 3,300 nautical miles from Rhode Island as part of the gruelling 45,000 nautical miles it travels during the nine-month-long competition.


A Race village will be situated on Alexandra Head near the Barrage for the two weeks which will include a free festival of entertainment as well as workshops, attractions and food and drink stalls. The site will host The Boatyard, a comprehensive maintenance facility, part of the port of Cardiff, which will provide essential repairs to the yachts following their trip across the Atlantic. Members of the public will have the opportunity to see the damage of the vessels from the tough conditions the yachts encounter during the race, as well as the specialist work carried out to restore the boats to perfect racing condition.


Additionally, the ABP Educational Classroom will be on site to welcome school children and engage them in various environmental and marine issues to fit in with the Volvo Ocean Race’s promotion of clean seas and tackling ocean pollution.


The Director of ABP South Wales, Matthew Kennerley said: “We have worked closely with Cardiff Council and Welsh Government over the past couple of years to bring the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race to Cardiff. We are delighted that all the hard work has paid off and are looking forward to welcoming the racing teams and their yachts to Cardiff later this month.”


Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure, Councillor Peter Bradbury said: “ABP have played an integral part in securing and delivering this international sporting event and I am delighted to have them as named sponsor.”


“The race village will be a leading tourist attraction for sailing enthusiasts, families and visitors to the city, offering a fortnight of first-class entertainment. It will also be the first time members of the public will have access to the Port, giving a unique opportunity to see our city’s working dock.”