Volvo Ocean Race Museum
Volvo Ocean Race and the Valencian Regional Government has opened the doors to the Museo Volvo Ocean Race. “It is with tremendous pride that we are opening the doors to the museum, a new and unique project that will surprise, delight and inform thousands of visitors each year,” says Knut Frostad, Volvo Ocean Race CEO.
The museum is the first in the world to offer visitors a chance to experience the extreme challenges faced by the elite sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, which has its headquarters in Alicante, Spain.
The opening last week was attended by Alberto Fabra, President of the Valencian Regional Government, Sonia Castedo, Mayor of Alicante and Knut Frostad, CEO of Volvo Ocean Race.
“The Volvo Ocean Race has helped the city of Alicante gain recognition throughout the world,” said Fabra. “In this permanent museum people will learn about the effort of the competitors in the race, which should serve as a stimulus for all those coming to visit us. This is the sort of spirit we need in these times.”
Adults and children will have a unique opportunity to see the action as it unfolds from inside the high-tech Race Control room, where the nine-month, 39,000 nautical mile race is monitored around the clock.
Using cutting edge technology, visitors can engage with the Volvo Ocean Race through interactive touch screen panels that explore the history of the race, life on board, marine ecosystems and telecommunications among many other themes. The Museo will also play host to a changing programme of exhibitions that are sure to keep everyone interested.
With an aim to engage land lubbers and sailing enthusiasts alike, the museum will offer an educational programme that will inform curious minds about the values of life at sea, sailing and sport through various activities aimed at schools and the general public.
For more information about the museum, visit www.museovolvooceanrace.com
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