Volvo Ocean Race organisers eye off Newcastle as Australian host port

Rumours of an Australian stopover for the next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race have gathered pace following a report in the Newcastle Herald of a visit to the city by VOR executives, including former Australian Sailing magazine contributor Jordan Spencer, a well-credentialled 505 sailor among his other accomplishments.

Mysailing's editor, Roger McMillan, has also heard that there is a strong chance of an Australian team entering the 2020/21 race, under the leadership of one of Australia's best sailors. In an effort to attract teams, Volvo Race management have always looked favourably at giving a country a stopover if they enter a team – which is why the boats must thread the needle of the Chinese fishing fleet. 

Newcastle would be an excellent port for the race, offering very good facilities, as the Newcastle Herald's Michael Parris reports:

Newcastle is on the radar of Volvo Ocean Race organisers as a host port for the prestigious round-the-world yacht classic in 2021.

The eight-month race, which is held every three years, is regarded as one of the three major events on the world yachting calendar, with the America’s Cup and Olympic Games regatta.


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