Abu Dhabi will host the third 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race stopover from mid-December 2014 until January 3, 2015. The In-Port Race will take place on January 2, 2015, with the fleet departing for Sanya, China the following day. The stopover, which coincides with the New Year 2015 holiday, will also feature a fan-friendly Destination Village activation on the Corniche breakwater and multiple concert and entertainment offerings.
The race will start on October 4 2014 with the first In-Port Race in Alicante, and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, the Swedish home of Volvo. The UAE capital will welcome the fleet from Recife, Brazil after one of the longest and potentially most-gruelling legs in the 40-year race history (9,707 nautical miles).