When the Volvo Ocean Race visits Cardiff it will be the first time in more than a decade it has visited UK shores and the first time ever that Wales has played host to this ultimate test of teamwork and human endeavour. Following the visit of the UEFA Champions League final to the city in 2017, the Volvo Ocean Race constitutes yet another sporting feather in the Welsh capital’s cap – a testament to the city’s readiness to meet any challenge. Central to the success of such high profile and large scale events is the support of trusted service providers who have the capacity, equipment and expertise to respond quickly and flexibly to what can be very fluid demands. Cardiff-based events supplier 11th Hour has been engaged by the organisers to provide a number of services to the race village, which will be sited in Cardiff Bay for two weeks. The in-port event will showcase the 45,000 mile round the world race, as well as hosting a festival where visitors can enjoy Welsh culture, entertainment and more.
11th Hour is well-versed with the demands of large scale events. The company regularly supplies services to the 6 Nations international rugby tournament and last year met the requirements of a large number number of sites during the UEFA Champions League Final. Installing and operating the large covered ice rink at Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland and staging a fireworks spectacular for the capital’s New Year celebrations further illustrate the broad of range of the 11th Hour remit. An increasingly busy schedule has seen 11th Hour maintain a strong programme of investment and recruitment to keep pace with demand.
The Volvo Ocean Race sails into Cardiff on May 27th by which time the preparations for thousands of visitors will be complete. 11th Hour will be supplying a number of services to the village including mains distribution and cabling as well as temperature control and trussing for cable bridges.
Director Andy Hopkins looks forward to another challenge for the 11th Hour team:
“It’s great to be working on another fantastic project on our home turf. The Volvo Ocean Race keeps Cardiff very much on the map as a global staging post for major international events and in turn keeps 11th Hour teams on the ground very busy indeed. Once again we have the opportunity to demonstrate our capacity to meet high level challenges and we’re delighted that as a host city, Cardiff has placed its trust in our proven ability to deliver.”