France secures two-race deal for Volvo Ocean Race

France returns to host the Volvo Ocean Race from Lorient in the summer of 2012. Lorient will be the penultimate stopover in the race, which starts from Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2011.

The announcement of Lorient, in Brittany on the northwest coast of France, follows that of start port Alicante, and Cape Town and Lisbon as host ports.  Lisbon in Portugal will play host to the start of the leg to Lorient, which is around 700 nm. Like La Rochelle before it (1997-98 and 2001-02), Lorient will also host a stopover in 2014-15 edition of the race. 

“We are extremely pleased to have a strong French presence in the race,” said Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad. “It has long been our goal to reignite the passion of this classic event among the French people and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with the city of Lorient to host the event for two consecutives races,” he said.

The next European port will be announced shortly.

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