Volvo Ocean Race 2014/15 – Producer’s Log #5

Posted by: Jo Rees on March 30th, 2015 IN Volvo Ocean Race Producer's Log

Kia Ora and welcome back to our Volvo Ocean Race Producer’s Log.  This time to Auckland, 11,451 Miles from the UK and the furthest East we will travel with the Ocean Race.

New Zealand is similar in size to the UK, but only has a population of about 4 million (compared to 63 million in the UK). Well known for its breath taking landscapes, captivating movie fans around the world, through the hugely successful Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit. New Zealand is also is the only country with the right to put Hobbit-related images on its currency.


After 20 days of sailing the first team to arrive in Auckland and their first leg win was Spanish team Mapfre.  Closely followed by Abu Dhabi Racing and Dongfeng Race Team.


Boats at night


If there is one thing this Auckland stopover will be remembered for, it will be Girl Power.


Girl power


SCA wining the in-port race, the first team to win twice during this edition and Cyclone Pam;  A Category 5 Cyclone which caused devastation to the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands.


Preparing for her arrival to New Zealand the decision was taken to pack down some of the more vulnerable structures in the Race Village a day early and the start of Leg 5 was delayed by 3 days; bringing  home the real dangers facing the teams on this epic race.


Despite the threat from Cyclone Pam our 2 Sailabration Shows thankfully went ahead as planned on the 13th and 14th March, receiving great audience feedback. Along with a captivating and inspirational talk from Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad and our new host Marc, navigating (pardon the pun) our guests through the evening proceedings, Auckland was a truly memorable stopover.


Volvo pavillion

It’s 6,776 nautical miles from Auckland to Itajai on this fifth leg of the Race. One of the dangers will be the presence of ice and with around 500 miles between the notorious Cape Horn and the northern tip of Antarctica, ice limits are in place in the sailing instructions.


Once again, I’ll be flying out safely on 14th April to join them and to produce more shows.


Bye for now and see you in Brazil

Jo Rees

Jo Rees

Jo Rees is an event producer at Line Up predominantly working with automotive and financial clients. She hails from Porthcawl in Wales but is currently to be found globe-trotting whilst she follows the Volvo Ocean Race around the world creating ‘sailabrations’ in every port.

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