Synopsis
Singapore hosted Leg 4 of the 2008-09 Volvo Ocean Race.

How much time you will need: 3 to 4 hours at the Volvo Ocean Race Village Festival and another 2 to 3 hours to catch the In-Port Race.
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Event Venues:
Ocean Race Village - Oneș15 Marina Club, Sentosa Cove.

In-Port and Pro Am Races - East Coast Park (between Marine Cove and Bedok Jetty).

Contact Add:
ONE15 Singapore Ocean Race Pte Ltd, #01-01 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497

Tel: (65) 6305 6988
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Page created on 8 Nov 2008
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Review
Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race came to Singapore for the first time in 2008-09. A gruelling round-the-world race with 11 port stops, professional yachtsmen and women cover 39,000 nautical miles through some of the most treacherous seas in about nine months.
The Volvo Open 70 yachts left Cochin (India) on Saturday, 13 December 2008, and arrived in Singapore on 23 December 2008. Stopping in South-east Asia for the first time, Sentosa's Oneș15 Marina Club hosted the Volvo Ocean Race leg in Singapore.
The longest of stopovers, the Race Village Festival in Singapore lasted for 10 days from 8 to 18 January 2009, when the yachts left for the next leg to Qingdao. In addition to the main In-Port Race on 10 January 2009, which was held near East Coast Park between Marine Cove and the Bedok Jetty, there were other races too.
Catching the In-Port Race from shore was a pleasant relaxing picnic outing for the family. Our kids were playing by the beach and stopping to watch the exciting moments of the race whilst us adults just laid back and watched the entire race. Picking a team and supporting it added to the fun. Many an enthusiast were there too with a camera or binoculars for a close-up view of the race.
We then went over to the Ocean Race Village on Sentosa to join in the festivities. There was plenty to do, especially for the children. They thoroughly enjoyed the "Woof Ball" - a water-based sphereing sport where the kids roll around on water in a big inflatable ball. There was also a simulator of the Volvo Ocean race - complete with wind and waves!
It was exciting to witness the prize-giving ceremony of the In-Port Race. Other activities included watching the history of the Volvo Ocean Race at The Dome and taking the pontoon tours to see the boats used for the around-the-world race. Also not to be missed, the opportunities to meet the crew and hear for yourself their experience on sea. There was also a stall to buy the Ocean Race paraphernalia.

Things to Bring
A camera, a pair of binoculars, drinking water and a hat or umbrella in case of hot sun or rain.

Opening Times
Opening times:
The Race Village is open to public:
8 & 9, 11 to 17 January 2009 - 10 am to 10 pm
10 January - 9 am to 10 pm
18 January - 9 am to 6 pm

Best time to go:
Check out the programme and go for the activities of your choice.
Pontoon tours are on from 11 am to 6 pm daily except on 18 January when the fleet is preparing to leave.
Meet the Crew from 7 pm on 9 January 2009.
The In-Port Race starts at 1 pm on 10 January 2009.
The Pro Am (professional amateur) Race starts at 1 pm on 11 January 2009.

Admission Fees
Free admission to Race Village. Admission to East Coast Park for the In Port and Pro Am Races is also free.

Sentosa island admission fee is $2 per person.

How to Get There
To Sentosa Cove:
By Taxi - This is the fastest and most direct way to get to there. You'll have to pay the Sentosa island admission fee of $2 per person. Tell the taxi driver to go to Sentosa Cove.

By MRT - Alight at HarbourFront MRT Station on the North-East Line. Follow the signs to the HarbourFront Bus interchange and take the Sentosa Cove shuttle bus service. The half-hourly shuttle bus service operates 7:30 am to 10 pm daily.

By Bus - Bus numbers 10, 30, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 188, 855. Alight along Telok Blangah Road (ask the bus driver to let you know when to alight for Sentosa and the general direction to the Harbour Front Bus Interchange). From the Harbour Front Bus interchange, take the Sentosa Cove shuttle bus service. You'll need to buy the island admission ticket at the HarbourFront Interchange Ticketing Counter.  The half-hourly shuttle bus service operates 7:30 am to 10 pm daily.

To East Coast Park:
By Taxi - All taxi drivers know East Coast Park. This is the fastest and easiest way to get there. Tell the driver to let you off at Marine Cove or near the Bedok Jetty.

By MRT & bus - Alight at Bedok Station on the East-West Line. On weekends from 2 pm to 10 pm, take bus 401 from the bus interchange and alight anywhere along the park. You can check with the bus driver where to stop for Marine Cove or Bedok Jetty, etc. Otherwise, take a taxi.

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