In June 2018 Gothenburg has the honour of welcoming back the competing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race. The boats will sail all the way in to the centre of the City, giving everyone a ringside view!


In June 2018 Gothenburg has the honour of welcoming competitors in the Volvo Ocean Race to the final stopover before crossing the start line to The Hauge. The boats are expected to arrive around the 14-15 June and on the 21 June the race of the final leg toward the finish line begins.

In Gothenburg there will be a big sailing party, with free entrance so that everyone can join in the celebrations. The festivities will involve an In-Port Race right at the entrance to the Gothenburg harbour, giving everyone a ringside view of the penultimate sprint. The party will continue in the Race Village in Frihamnen, the heart of Gothenburg harbour, where the Volvo Ocean 65 boats will berth. There will be something for everyone: giant screens with direct broadcasts of the Pro-Am Race and In-Port Race, stage entertainment, exhibitions, restaurants, bars, a large market place and opportunities to try out various activities.

You can get here easily by foot, bike or public transport. The Race Village will be open every day from 14 to 21 June. Welcome!


The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest round-the-world boat race. It starts in Alicante on 22 October 2017 and reaches the finish line in The Hague around the 24 June 2018. By then, the boats will have covered 45,000 nautical miles and visited 11 ports around the world.

Gothenburg is the final stopover 14-21 June before the boats cross the start line toward The Hague. This is the 13th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race since it first took place 44 years ago, and it is the fourth time the race visits Gothenburg.

Experience this ultimate mix of sporting competition and world-class adventure, with a week-long sailing party involving an In-Port Race at the entrance to Gothenburg harbour on 17 June. Until then you can keep track of the teams, the boats, the route and the thrilling round-the-world race at volvooceanrace.com!


Gothenburg is a port city where the sea has always played a vital role and reaches right into the heart of the city. This gives you the opportunity to experience the Volvo Ocean Race from a totally unique perspective. Get a ringside view of the boats from the moment they enter the harbour up to the finish line of the 10th leg right at the centre of the city. We welcome the crews to Frihamnen, which is at heart of Gothenburg harbour.

The Volvo Ocean Race is our chance to invite the whole world to Gothenburg. The event is an important milestone that will highlight two of the city’s biggest urban development projects: the River City, centred on Frihamnen, and Gothenburg’s 400th anniversary preparations.

So we welcome you to our compact city where you are never far from great shopping, world-class restaurants, exciting places to meet and the tranquillity of the coast and islands.

Welcome to Gothenburg – a sustainable city open to the world!