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Big send-off for Volvo boats

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January 25, 2002

Big send-off for Volvo boats

Dozens of boat owners are expected to turn out on the Waitemata Harbour this Sunday to farewell the Volvo Ocean Race fleet as the eight boats set sail for the next leg to Rio de Janeiro.

The organisers say that any boat owners who want to see the Volvo fleet off should remember to keep well clear - at least 50 metres - of the competing yachts. Boaties will also be unable to anchor anywhere within the start line area because of the underwater cables.

At 1pm the gun will go for the beginning of the fourth leg, 6700 nautical miles to Rio and all the start action will be shown live on the big screen in the Viaduct Harbour Volvo Ocean Race Village.

All the exhibitions at the Viaduct Harbour will still be open during the Anniversary Weekend, including Volvo Ocean Adventure, an environmental education programme developed by Volvo for New Zealand youth, and Volvo Ocean Experience, where you can learn about living and working for nine months on a VO 60 yacht. Street entertainers, and face painters will be out in force in the Volvo Ocean Race Village and the kids’ play area at Waitemata Plaza will also be open.

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