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Cardiff will host 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race stopover

One of the world's toughest sailing races is coming to Cardiff.

The round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race will use the city as the end of one leg and start of another. The 2017-18 race will be the first time the event has visited Wales.

David Wood reports.

A previous race. Credit: ITV News

This will bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city, and be hugely beneficial to the local economy.

Being awarded the successful bid for one of the most important sailing events in the world once again demonstrates Cardiff’s ability to deliver major international sporting events on the world stage.

It proves our reputation as an event city as well as providing an opportunity for many non sailors to try the sport through a co-ordinated programme of sailing activities before, during and following the event.

Galway in Ireland hosted a stopover in 2009 Credit: Julien Behal/PA Archive