The Youth Academy events will take place in the following cities: Alicante, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Cape Town, South Africa; Hong Kong, China; Auckland, New Zealand; Itajaí, Brazil; Newport, US; Cardiff, Wales; Gothenburg, Sweden and The Hague, the Netherlands. The Optimist races will feature eight competing teams, with each team in the main Volvo Ocean Race being represented by a team in the Youth Academy.
"We have already announced our commitment to creating Volvo Ocean Race Academies designed to help young high performance sailors gain the necessary offshore experience to compete for places on participating teams. That is one major stepping stone and the continuation of the Youth Academy is another important one, as this is about inspiring young people, getting them out on the water, educating them about the importance of ocean health and giving them the chance to dream," commented Volvo Ocean Race CEO Mark Turner.
Thousands of local youngsters were inspired, coached and entertained by the Youth Academy during the last edition of the race. International's support will now enable the Volvo Ocean Race to continue its long-established commitment to youth sailing worldwide.
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