Lola Johnson, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport in the Valencian regional government, paid a visit to Race headquarters in Alicante on Thursday, inspecting the work taking place on a new Volvo Ocean Race museum and touring the state-of-the-art race control centre.
Johnson spoke warmly of the place the Volvo Ocean Race holds at the heart of the city after visiting Alicante during the last edition and moving its HQ here at the end of 2009.
“The Volvo Ocean race visited us last time but now already forms part of the history of the city,” Johnson told reporters. “It has helped Alicante become a centre of world sailing.
“The creation of the museum will help keep the race alive in Alicante permanently and will be a new focus for tourism in the city. Visitors to the Museum will get to know what the competition means in terms of its spirit and values.”
The 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante on October 29 and will cover 39,000 nautical miles to the finish line in July 2012 in Galway, Ireland.