Seven teams to have confirmed their participation in the 2014-15 Volvo Ocean Race. Take a look at them here in alphabetical order:
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing: http://www.volvooceanraceabudhabi.com/
Dongfeng Race Team: http://www.dongfengraceteam.cn/
Team Alvimedica: http://www.teamalvimedica.com/
Team Brunel: http://www.brunelsailing.net/en_UK/
Team SCA: http://www.teamsca.com/
Team Vestas Wind: http://teamvestaswind.vestas.com/
Follow our images of the build as we turn the Viaduct Harbour, including Eastern Viaduct, Te Wero Island, Halsey Wharf, the Viaduct Events Centre and Karanga Plaza into the Race Village for the Auckland Stopover 2015. The Build started on Saturday 14 February and the Race Village will be opened on Friday 27 February.
Imagine a vibrant urban culture where everyone lives within half an hour of secluded beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping. You’re beginning to get the picture of Auckland - a destination consistently ranked in the top five global lifestyle cities.
A selection of images showing the beauty of New Zealand and some of the opportunities for visitors
From small sailboats to the magnificent America’s Cup yachts, competitive sailing is a popular New Zealand pastime. Travellers can get a taste of racing action aboard a retired America’s Cup yacht. Or, for a more sedate sailing experience, yacht charters are available in idyllic cruising grounds such as the Bay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf or Marlborough Sounds.