The Volvo Ocean Race will arrive at The Hague on Friday 19th June 2015, according to the organisers. The boats will enter the Dutch harbour after sailing from the French port of Lorient.
The overnight pit stop will see the boats resume racing on the 20th with the same time gaps between them as when they arrived.
The idea behind the pause in racing is to allow members of the public to get close to the boats and the sailors as they watch the clock tick, getting ready to hoist the sails again and continue the competition. The breakwaters and harbour of the city are expected to provide a host of spectating opportunities for the million inhabitants of the city and further million visitors who travel there each year.
Karsten Klein, City Council Member of Sports, Youth and Welfare for The Hague, explains what the event means to the city:
“I am very proud that the Volvo Ocean Race chose our city as the only pit-stop in the 2014-15 edition.
“The Hague has a long sailing and watersports tradition and the pit-stop fits perfectly. It is not only a sportive highlight, but also a top sporting event for the whole city and its inhabitants.”
Music festivals, concerts and other public events are being planned to chime in with the pit-stop.