St. Petersburg citizens and guests may participate in celebrations dedicated to the finish of Volvo Ocean Race on June 27- 29, 2009.
‘Sport festival will be arranged on the beach of the Peter-and-Paul Fortress. It will be one of the greatest events in the cultural life of our country. Volvo Ocean Race is one of the leading projects of sport community in terms of both the scale and the technologies used to cover it by mass media. The first start of the Volvo Ocean Race (formerly the Whitbread Round the World Race) was in 1973 in Great Britain. From 1997, the race bears its current name – Volvo Ocean Race and is held every four years (from 2005 – every three years). It is one of five largest sport events in the world. The race of 2008-09 is the tenth in its history. The current race started in Alicante, Spain in October.