Auckland. The City of Sails. Filled with excitement as it welcomes the Volvo Ocean Race, arriving after a 20 day, 5,264 nautical miles journey from Sanya, China.
Leg 4 of this round-the-world race is now completed.
The remaining six teams have sailed over half way around the world.
For now, it is time to refuel, refit, and relax…..
….and to celebrate with fun activities including those designed to inspire a future generation of Ocean Racers
So why do they do it?
What is their reward? There is no cash prize for winning the race but there is a trophy that ‘symbolizes the glory of winning’. I think that Mike Sanderson, winning skipper of the 2005 -2006 Volvo Ocean Race said it best: ‘It was my Olympic Gold, my Mount Everest, my childhood dream’.
It was quite a treat to cross paths with these amazing sailors, even if we are circumnavigating in opposite directions and at much different speeds. I wish the racers fair winds and following seas as they continue their journey from Auckland on March 15.
‘185 Empty Chairs’ is a temporary art installation reflecting on the loss of lives, livelihood, and living in Christchurch following the February 2011 earthquake by artists Peter and Joyce Majendie.
The damage to Christchurch was extensive and the rebuilding continues today.