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Lisbon to vote on Volvo Ocean Race participation

With the Volvo Ocean Race for 2014-15 announcing host ports on an almost weekly basis -Abu Dhabi is the seventh to be announced - Lisbon city hall is to vote on the city’s participation in the next two editions of the Volvo Ocean Race. The Portugal news reports that on Tuesday (19 Feb) the vote will be on whether the capital should spend €4 million on the 2014-15 and 2017-18 races. Despite the cost, Mayor Antonio Cost said the two races should come to Lisbon and wanted the race to start from the Portuguese capital.

According to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers the 2012 edition in Lisbon had an economic impact of around €30 million, over half of which was a direct impact, when over 200,000 visitors came to Lisbon for the race.

It was in Lisbon that the front-running Groupama stamped their authority on the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 with a crucial win in the Oeiras In-Port Race, extending their overall lead to eight points before going on to win the event.

Abu Dhabi was announced Monday as the seventh Host Port to be on the route for the 12th edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The race will start in Alicante in Spain before visiting Recife and going on to Abu Dhabi. Later in the route, the teams will race from Auckland in New Zealand to Itajaí – a second Brazilian stop – before heading to Newport, Rhode Island in the United States.

The Race will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden, with the remaining ports to be unveiled over the coming weeks before a final announcement including leg distances and timings.