Our Stopover

Boat Spectator Information


Whilst in the UAE capital, the five-strong Volvo Ocean Race fleet are competing in a series of events, before departing on leg three to Sanya, China on 14th January. A number of on-shore viewing opportunities are available yet the best way to get up close to the action is on the water – and details on how to do that are below:

Abu Dhabi In-Port Race Course Map
Abu Dhabi Leg 3 Start Course Map
Abu Dhabi Pro-Am Race Course Map

Visiting Yachts:

Private yacht owners wishing to visit the Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Destination Village and stay overnight are advised to make reservations at Emirates Palace Marina, by contacting Capt Toby Haws [email protected]. Volvo Ocean Race management has negotiated special berthing facilities for this purpose.

Volvo Ocean Race - Racing Days:

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet will race on January 12, 13 & 14 when a strict on-water protocol for visiting yachts will be implemented. Various restriction zones have been created to avoid conflict between racing yachts and charter or private spectator yachts.

12th January 2012: Pro-Am Race
Leave Berth11h00
Race Start15h00
Race Finish15h00
13th January 2012:In-Port Race
Leave Berth12h35
Race Start14h00
Race Finish15h00
Public Prize Giving16h00
14th January 2012:Race Re-start from Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China.
Leave Berth12h35
Race Start14h00
Back to Berth15h30

Restriction Zones:

The Volvo Ocean Race sailing courses will be set by the Race Sailing Manager 24 hours before the start, according to the weather and wind conditions predicted for that day. Once the course is decided, restriction zones for spectator and charter yachts will be issued for each day, no later than 24 hours before the event start.All on-water vessels must act within the strict guidelines of Volvo Ocean Race Sailing Management.All accredited vessels will be called to a mandatory skipper briefing 48 hours prior to the official sailing event. All final information and relative zone flags will be handed over during the briefing.

Request for Berthing Information, Restriction Zone Diagrams and General Information:
Yacht skippers and boat captains can obtain this information from:
Capt Steven Bentley – Volvo Ocean Race Abu Dhabi Stopover Sailing Manager [email protected]