Work is progressing apace to support the first participation of an Abu Dhabi team through the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing consortium in next year’s Volvo Ocean Race. Alongside team involvement, Abu Dhabi will also become the first ever Middle East port of call at the end of the second leg, which starts from Cape Town.

“We expect delivery of Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing’s Volvo 70 competitive racing yacht in May 2011,” His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), told IBI. “We are currently finalising a selection of six tender qualifiers from throughout the Middle East, Europe and the Far East