In a break from tradition which normally has Cape Town welcoming the fleet at the end of the first leg from Europe, Recife, one of the host cities for the football World Cup next year, won the rights to host one of nine likely stopovers after a bidding contest involving 80 different ports from around the world.
The deal will also see them enter a team in the next Volvo Ocean Race, representing the state of Pernambuco which brings the total number of confirmed entrants so far to two, following the announcement of the all-women’s crew Team SCA last year.
Other teams and ports will be announced over the next few months with Alicante set to host the start and Abu Dhabi, Auckland and Lorient all likely to feature in the route and new ports such as Hong Kong, Newport in the US and Göthernburg in Sweden rumoured to have been successful in the bidding round.
"Coming to Recife at the end of Leg 1 means there will be a lot of attention on this great city and having a Brazilian team in the Race will be fantastic for fans across the country," said Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad.
Brazil boasts a Volvo Ocean Race winner in Olympic legend Torben Grael who made his mark as skipper of Brasil 1 in 2005-06 by sacking his navigator Adrienne Cahalan, the last woman to compete in the Volvo Ocean race, at the end of the first leg.