Singapore confirmed as stopover

Singapore was today confirmed as the Southeast Asian stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2008-09 with the signing of an agreement to bring the famous ocean marathon to the resort island of Sentosa.

The city state’s selection as the stopover on the marathon ocean race’s new route through the Middle East and Asia follows more than six months of negotiations and evaluation.

The fleet, which is scheduled to stop over in Singapore in late December 2008, will be based at the new, state-of-the-art One Degree 15 Marina Club, one of Asia’s leading marinas.

This will be the first time in the race’s 34-year history that the fleet will call in on Southeast Asia and follows the recent announcement of another first -  the race finish in the historic Russian port of St. Petersburg,

Singapore will stage the second in-port race of the series and it will provide a dramatic backdrop to the inshore racing.

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