Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city. It’s home to Volvo, so it’s no stranger to the Race and in previous editions it has both visited and finished here. It’s a city of half a million people, with up to one million in the wider hinterland, and a long history as a shipping and maritime centre.

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Gothenburg is located on the west coast of Sweden. It faces the northern tip of Denmark across a stretch of water called the Kattegat. To the northwest lies the Skagerrak and the route to the relatively open waters of the North Sea. But don’t be fooled by all the land around it, the North Sea can be a very rough piece of water. It’s show time! Make sure you’re in town to see the boats come to the home of Volvo.

The harbour developed into Sweden's main trading port to the west, and when Swedish emigration to the United States increased, Gothenburg became the country’s main point of departure for these travelers.

Gothenburg has been steadily expanding from its traditional businesses of shipping and industry, into a centre for creativity and innovation. And that means an ice cool café culture, vibrant restaurants, great local and international fashion and a strong music and club scene.

The West Coast Archipelago is stunningly beautiful. There are about ten thousand granite islands, small and large, many of them sheltering idyllic villages.

Gothenburg – Top Picks

Gothenburg has a long list of activities that we can incorporate into your guest experience programme. Below we have included our top recommendations.

  • Visit the Volvo Museum
  • Water sightseeing city tour
  • City tour by bike

The heat will be coming from the racing – but this is another spot where you may still need that jacket. The daily average is around 15 °C, but it can range as high as 30 °C during the day and drop as low as 10 °C at night. And as this is the west coast, you can also expect some rain. So make sure you bring a rain jacket.

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Want your guests to experience
a slice of the action?

Your guests can be part of this emotionally charged moment. From the Sailors Terrace, on board a VIP spectator boat, or on board a high-speed RIB, your guests can be part of the Race.

Our dedicated team will make sure your Volvo Ocean Race guest experience will be unique and unforgettable. Please contact a member of our team to tell us more about what you’re looking for and we can design a guest experience built around your needs.



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Meeting Spaces and Venue Hire

We have access to meeting and event spaces within the Race Village, that are available to for you to hire for your meetings and private events.

Venues include:

  • Sailors Terrace
  • The Boatyard
  • The Globe
  • Race Boat Experience

Please contact a member of our team to let us know your requirements and we will provide you know your requirements and we will provide you capacity, fit-out, and prices.

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Personal touch

We know how important it is to make your guests feel special. Here are just a few examples of ways in which we can personalise your guests’ experience:

  • Personalised invitations pre-event
  • Welcome letters and gifts
  • Volvo Ocean Race branded goodies
  • Personalised follow-up thank you card
  • Photo souvenir
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Bespoke Packages

We can design guest experiences around you. Our team can plan bespoke and tailor-made packages that work for your business needs and for your guests. We specialise in creating unique and unforgettable guest experiences.

In addition to the Guest Experiences, we can provide services including: flights, airport transfers, private coach hire, tour leaders, hosts/hostesses, accommodation, dinners, lunches, plus excursions outside of the Race Village.

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Food and Beverage

One Event Management (One) is amongst the pre-eminent caterers in Europe, with specialist operating entities in both “green field” sites and fixed venues. Our vision is to exceed the expectations of all of our stakeholders and deliver the most innovative events of their time. For our team at One, the honour of sharing in prestigious and world class events such as the Volvo Ocean Race is one we take great pride in.

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To complete your experience

All of our guest experiences come with:

  • Access to a unique hospitality venue within the Race Village
  • VIP flag for the spectator boat and high-speed RIB
  • Behind-the-scenes access
  • Commentary and presentations by sailing professionals
  • First-class food and beverages by One
  • Photograph opportunity with the Volvo Ocean Race trophy
  • Professional service from start to finish

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