Side Street Style: Experiencing the Volvo Ocean Race, Cardiff

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19/06/2018

Experiencing the Volvo Ocean Race, Cardiff


Cardiff Bay Barrage


I love nothing more when people take on incredible challenges, when they put themselves to the test both physically and mentally and this is reflected in the documentaries I watch (currently obsessed with ones about Mount Everest) and the books I read which are usually autobiographies about those who decided to walk a different path, adventurers, sportsmen, trailblazing women. So when we heard that the around the world sailing race that is the Volvo Ocean Race was coming to Cardiff I was really excited.

The Volvo Ocean Race only happens every three years and only the best of the best compete against each other in what is one of the most grueling around the world sails. The route changes every race to accommodate new ports of call and this year they were arriving in Cardiff (as well as my hometown of Cape Town). Its' really fantastic seeing and being apart of world-class events that come to the Welsh Capital and actually seeing the Bay Barrage being used properly as it's such a great location.


Volvo Ocean Race

Cardiff bay Barrage


There was a real focus on keeping the event as Plastic-free as possible while still embracing modern technology. All the catering companies had to provide re-usable, recyclable or bio-degradable food and drink containers and I have to say the whole event was spotless as the cleaning crew was visibly on hand to make sure it left as little of a mark as possible.

There was an array of activities suitable for all ages and Visit Wales was on hand with some AR experiences of some of the most breathtaking sights across the country. The kids also loved all the interactive displays such as the giant plastic Whale, the rock climbing wall, ferries wheel, live music and being able to explore what life is like for the sailors on one of the boats which they call home for around 9 months.


Cardiff bay Barrage

Volvo Ocean Race


We actually visited the Volvo Ocean Race twice during it's time in Cardiff as the first day we visited the race boats hadn't come into dock yet. We found the whole event a great learning platform for the boys as well as a great example of a plastic-free event being held on a large scale. We have been watching the race ever since and it's a pretty close call with only one leg left to go as it stands. The event also highlighted all the amazing watersports on offer in Cardiff Bay and I am hoping to sign up to do the ladies Paddleboarding course at some point. Overall it was a fantastic day out, action-packed and a great way to get kids inspired to take the lead when it comes to the environment as well as getting out onto the water. 


Bay Barrage



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  2. I like the idea of educating on plastics as well as being fun and informative x

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    1. Yeah they did it really well and my kids love the interactive displays

      Laura x

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  3. Lovely photos. Sounds like an amazing day out!

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    1. It was really good, nice to see such a big event come to Cardiff

      Laura x

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  4. I used to follow this race when I was younger, and when we had our (was working for Disney) Pirates boat running. Must be super cool to be "there". #citytripping

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    1. Yeah it's amazing race isn't it! Certainly made my boys fans and we will be following it in the future thats for sure

      Laura x

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  5. I didn’t even know this was happening, would have to attended with my nieces! I bet it was such a great experience for the boys. It looks like you had a lovely day, I really need to check what’s on down the bay more often!

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    1. Yes it was really good. There are some great things that happen in the bay, certainly worth checking out

      Laura x

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  6. This looks like such a fun day out. I like how they focused on being plastic free too. I see the Sky whale made it there too. That usually lives outside the offices in London! Thanks for linking #citytripping

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  7. This looks really fun. I love the eco anti-plastic theme this year.

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  8. Love it down the bay - and the plastic free message is so timely, great idea!

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  9. This looks like a really fun event. I saw it advertised

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