Volvo Ocean Race: The Race Village is opened in Auckland

Auckland Mayor Len Brown (centre) cuts the ribbon to open the Auckland Stopover Race Village watched by Port Director Tom Mayo (left) and Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad (right). - Auckland Stopover, Volvo Ocean Race

The fleet may still be two days away but that didn't stop the celebrations at the Auckland Stopover Race Village.

Surrounding them are some of the fabulous marine creatures from King Neptune's Trail, the parade that will perform daily in the Race Village from Saturday.

Wisdom the Albatross and Harry the Hapuka are holding the ribbon and behind are Amal the Turtle, Pablo the Prawn and Louis le Crab together with sea anemones and other creatures.

Let the party begin!

Branding is put up around the Auckland race village, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

Branding is prepared to be put up around the Auckland race village, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)

TVNZ Breakfast Show weather man Tamati Coffey broadcasts live from the official opening of the Auckland race village, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

TVNZ Breakfast Show weather man Tamati Coffey broadcasts live from the official opening of the Auckland race village, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

TVNZ Breakfast Show weather man Tamati Coffey broadcasts live from the official opening of the Auckland race village, for the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: IAN ROMAN/Volvo Ocean Race)

Branding is put up and flight cases arrive in the Auckland race village, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12. (Credit: PAUL TODD/Volvo Ocean Race)