Kochi, an Indian Port has been confirmed as the host port for the second stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09. The Kochi stopover port agreement was signed at a function in Kochi on January 18 by Volvo Ocean Race Director Andy Hindley and Cochin Port Trust Chairman N Ramachandran.
- Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 is scheduled to start in Alicante, Spain, on October 04.
- The race will cover 39,325 nautical miles before ending in July 2009 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
- The Indian stopover will come at the end of the second leg of the race from Cape Town, South Africa. Kochi will be the first of three new ports in Asia.
- The other stopover ports include Cape Town, Singapore, Qingdao, Rio De Janeiro, Boston, Galway, Goteborg and Stockholm.
- The seven yachts participating in the race is scheduled to arrive in Kochi in December 2008. After a stay for 10 days at Kochi, the third leg of the race would start to Sentosa Island in Singapore.
- A race village spread over 2.5 acres will be set up near the BTP berth at Willingdon Island,Kochi.
- The event is expected to give a boost to tourism and India would become a venue for hosting major sporting events in the future.
- The Yachting Association of India (YAI), an active advocate of the race coming to India has also been successful in its bid to stage the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi in 2010.
Proposed Volvo Ocean Race Route (Subject to minor changes)
Location of Kochi
Update: April 02
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