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Get ready for standout Volvo Ocean Race weekend

10/01/2012
  • Get up close to Azzam and the Volvo Ocean Race fleet this weekend Photo by Ian Roman
  • More than 30000 fans are expected to turnout this weekend Photo by Ian Roman
  • Al Fursan will light up our skies this weekend Photo by Ian Roman
Head off to the Destination Village on our Corniche breakwater this weekend and watch the five-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet compete in the in-port racing finale. The yachts, including local favourites, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, will battle it out for crucial race points on Friday with the action running from noon until 3pm followed by a prize-giving from 4-5pm.

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nown as ‘stadium racing’, the in-port and the previous day’s non-scoring pro-am races will be contested on a tight, four mark close quarter course, allowing fans on and off the water to see 50 top sailors navigating the world’s fastest monohull yachts up-close and in the heart of the action. Full details of spectator viewing points can be found at www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com

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ll the other village fun and activities at the free-to-enter Destination Village will run from 11am until midnight with Legendary British rock band ‘THE STRAITS‘ performing a free-to-attend, 90 minute concert from 9pm.

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erobatic fans will also be treated to a special one-off show on Friday afternoon by Al Fursan, the UAE national aerobatic team, who will light up Abu Dhabi’s skies with a series of breath-taking and gravity defying manoeuvres in their seven gold and black jets.

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ans will also get to see the Volvo Open 70 yachts in action on Saturday, as the fleet jockeys for the best start in the waters off Lulu Island before beginning the 4,600 nautical mile journey to the most southern point of China.

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or more information on the Abu Dhabi stopover, please visit www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com 

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