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Volvo Ocean Race boats will be featured at Italian show

Teams from the 12th edition of the Volvo race were invited to show off their Volvo Ocean 65 one-design boats.

Volvo Ocean Race organizers announced a partnership with the Genoa Boat Show that will give fans the opportunity this fall to see the boats that are now racing in the middle of the Southern Ocean.

The Genoa show is scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Teams from the 12th edition of the Volvo race were invited to show off their Volvo Ocean 65 one-design boats from the event finish on June 27 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Volvo Ocean Race chief operating officer Tom Touber said the opportunity was too good to miss on both sides.

“We know we have many, many fans of the race in Italy and we didn’t need to be asked twice when organizers of the Genoa Boat Show approached us to make this happen,” Touber said in a statement. “We are well aware of the huge interest in our race in the sailing-loving nation of Italy. It’s the perfect match.”

“We envisage a ‘Volvo Ocean Race reunion with a mini-Volvo Ocean Race Village’ in Genoa. We will bring two of the most popular Race Village attractions — a show about a typical day in the life of a sailor competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and a full-sized model of one of our Volvo Ocean 65 boats so that the public can see what life is really like on board,” he said. “All the teams have expressed their strong interest to take part in this reunion in Genoa.”

“This will be the first big opportunity for fans anywhere in the world to see boats from the 2014-15 fleet so soon after they have finished the nine-month race in Sweden.”

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