Hong Kong’s Team Scallywag is in the lead during Leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race

By Ben Young

As teams head to the finish line at Victoria Harbour for Leg 4 of 11 in total, a Race Village has been set up in the city to celebrate the sport

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Scallywag captain David Witt's Hong Kong team is in the lead, but can they bring home the overall prize?

History is in the making for Hong Kong sailing as home team Scallywag holds a sizeable lead in Volvo Ocean Race – which comes to the city for the first time.

The Volvo Ocean Race is the biggest and most prestigious sailing competition in the world, and takes place just once every three years. The 2017-18 edition requires teams to travel 45,000 nautical miles (83340 km) across the globe – crossing four oceans, touching six continents and 12 landmark host cities.

Not only is it Hong Kong’s first time as a host city, it is the most important city in the entire competition - three of the 11 legs revolve around Hong Kong, while no other cities will host no more than one race.

A Race Village has been set up at Kai Tak Runway Park, and will run from January 17-31. The village has free admission and includes a host of activities including live music, a virtual reality sailing experience, a chance to look at the yachts and various mock races.

The village’s first live-music celebration will take place tomorrow evening at 6pm when Hong Kong’s Team Scallywag who are current in first place, is expected to arrive. Further celebrations will take place Saturday, January 20 from 11am-2pm.

The United Nations' Team, Turn the Tide on Plastic, is doing everything they can to keep pace.
Photo: Brian Carlin/Volvo Ocean Race

“I don’t think anyone really understands the magnitude of this if we manage to pull it off,” explained Hong Kong captain David Witt. “There are so many firsts: first Hong Kong team ever, first time to Hong Kong… hopefully we will have plenty of time in Hong Kong to let it sink in – but we have to get there first.”

Come see the beautiful racing village before it ends and support team Scallywag in this historical event! A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Edited by Jamie Lam