Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover News 14 - Kia ora Knut!

Knut Frostad (right) remembers the good times in Auckland, with Emirates Team NZ CEO, Grant Dalton

As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village is open in the Viaduct.

The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free

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Issue 148 March 2012 As the fleet battle it out on the way into Auckland, the Race Village opens today in the Viaduct. The Global Party begins with twelve hours of entertainment every day from 9am to 9pm. Today's line up includes five live bands as well as race highlights and action on the big screens. Then there's the Volvo Experience with the Grinding Challenge, the Race simulator and Air Balls on water plus movies in the 3D cinema and the Dome. And it's all free! Read the latest Race news here The 2011/12 Volvo Ocean RaceThe Race features nine Legs with Stopovers in Cape Town (South Africa), Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), Sanya (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajai (Brazil), Miami (USA), Lisbon (Portugal) and Lorient (France) with the finish in Galway (Ireland) in July 2012. Six teams have entered the Race, including CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand. News from CAMPERKeep up to date with the latest news direct from Emirates Team New Zealand entry CAMPER by reading the ETNZ blog. Read more here. Follow the RaceThe organisers of the 2011/12 Volvo Ocean Race have made it easy to follow the live action from the Race every minute of the day. There's live video streaming, a Race Tracker, blogs, daily updates on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in addition to global media coverage. Find all the links here The Auckland StopoverThe Volvo Ocean Race fleet is now scheduled to arrive in Auckland at the end of Leg 4 from Sanya (China) on Saturday 10 March 2012 (subject to change). The Pro-Am Race is on Friday 16 March and the In-Port Race on Saturday 17 March. The Start of Leg 5 will take place on Sunday 18 March. View the Race VillageGet a sneak preview of the the Auckland Stopover with our 3D flyover video and see how Auckland's Viaduct Harbour is being transformed  into the Race Village. Watch it here  WebsiteKeep up to date with all the news from the Auckland Stopover on our website. We are on Facebookand Twittertoo.Kia ora Knut!Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad was welcomed to New Zealand by kapa haka group Pounamu at Auckland International Airport yesterday. The Norwegian former Olympian and round-the-world yachtsman arrived from Race HQ in Spain ready for the opening of the Auckland Stopover Race Village today. “It was an incredible experience and very touching,” Frostad said. “It really woke me up after a very long flight from Alicante!” The Volvo Ocean Race is making its return to the Auckland for the first time in 10 years, and Frostad -- a four-time competitor in the race -- said the city had a special place in the event's 38-year history."All the Stopovers of this Race are different but sailing to Auckland is a bit like if you’re a footballer and you get to play at Wembley," Frostad said."People are very enthusiastic in the other ports but this is sailing coming home. The fans are genuine, they really care about the sport and they have been following the Race for months."You can ask almost anyone on the street about the Race and they could tell you a lot about it. I met someone today who remembered me from three races ago. The sailors appreciate that kind of recognition."A Stopover like no otherThe world's media gathered at the opening press conference of the Auckland Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race to hear Rachael Dacy, General Manager Destination, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Devopment, pledge that Auckland is putting on something special. "We really do believe that Auckland can deliver a Stopover like no other," she said. “We have sailing heritage, a community that understands sailing and just look at the facilities we have right here on our front doorstep. “This event means a lot to Auckland. It’s an opportunity for Aucklanders and New Zealanders to come out and take part in a major global event. Once again Auckland’s waterfront will be sure to come alive.”Be prepared with isitbusy.co.nzPlanning to come down to join the Global Party at the Race Village? You can now find out if it’s busy before you leave, whilst on route or during your visit to the Auckland Stopover Race Village. isitbusy.co.nz improves the visitor experience via a live webcam view of Te Wero Island which shows what’s happening on the stage and how busy the Village is. In addition, the site has information on train or bus services from the same source as maxx.co.nz plus updates on roadworks and other potential delays from Auckland Transport. “This is a great way to plan your day out or evening at the Race Village,” says Tom Mayo, Port Director for the Auckland Stopover. “You can check online or via your smartphone to find the best way to get here and also what’s happening on the main stage.” isitbusy.co.nz has been developed by Mayo&, the company appointed to deliver the Auckland Stopover on behalf of event owners Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development. Extensive modelling and research has gone into the planning of crowd movements in the Race Village to ensure the site is a valuable tool to anyone planning on visiting the Viaduct during the Auckland Stopover. “We have worked with BECA, who provide crowd management planning services for major events including the Olympic Games, to establish crowd flow routes and crowd number management,” says Mayo. “We want everyone to have a wonderful experience at the Race Village and our Control Centre will direct the Spectator Services team to ensure smooth crowd movement throughout the Village.” Volvo Ocean Race Auckland Stopover event owner, Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development, believes the site will give visitors to the Village another way to enhance their experience. “It’s encouraging to see event companies looking at innovative ways to improve the experience for visitors to major events. With the live webcam feed from the Viaduct, isitbusy.co.nz lets visitors make an informed choice to how they want to experience the Race Village.,” says Manager Major Events, Jennah WoottenThis message was sent to nzeditor@sail-world.com.It was sent from: Auckland Stopover, Mayo& Ltd P O Box 91378 Victoria Street West Auckland 1142. Click here to be removedfrom this mailing list. Your AUTH CODE is: 1ipmzyForward to a friend