“It is a fantastic opportunity for Stockholm to host a stopover in the Volvo Ocean Race,” Axén Olin said. “We will be able to present our beautiful capital city to many international visitors and the event will also benefit local business. It will be an excellent opportunity to promote our clean and green waterfront city, the visiting public will generate good income and I believe that the occasional hosting of big events is important in the continuous development of our city,” she added.
Glenn Bourke responded: “This is a fantastic location and we are delighted that we have come to an agreement to bring our event to such a beautiful city. The fleet of Volvo Open 70s sailing into the harbour of Stockholm and mooring next to the royal castle will be a magnificent sight, and the in-port race held in Kanholmsfjärden just inside Sandhamn will be a stunning setting for the last in-port race of the event.”
Stockholm is the home port of Ericsson Racing Team which has two boats entered in the race, built by Killian Bushe in Stockholm. The stopover will be between 16–25 June 2009.