The executive committee of the Sanya stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12 held a countdown meeting on 7th Jan to require relevant departments to prepare for the upcoming event on 4th – 19th Feb, 2012, reports

The Volvo Ocean Race fleets will stay in Sanya from 4th to 19th February and the number of expected visitors including professional sailors, sailing enthusiasts and tourists will total 350,000 to come together for the world's largest sailing event.

The exhibition area of the stopover port at Luhuitou Bay is expected to open to the public by 20th Jan, 2012. The exhibition area will include Haitang Bay Pavillion and Yalong Bay Pavillion. In addition, a VOR exhibition hall will be relocated from Cape Town to Sanya on 25th Jan.

The Volvo Ocean Race, founded by the Royal Navy Association in 1973, is held every three years starting from the edition of 2008-2009. Earning its nickname as the Mount Everest of sailing, the tournament is the world's toughest and longest sailing race.

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