2014 marked the tenth time Cape Town hosted the only African stopover of the premier Volvo Ocean Race (VOR), which started from Alicante in Spain in the autumn of 2014.
Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad stated how the iconic city of Cape Town and the sight of Table Mountain on the horizon as you approach the port at the end of Leg 1 is always something every ocean racer looks forward to. The seven participating crews – Team SCA (the first ever women’s-only squad), Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, Dongfeng Race Team, Team Brunel, Team Alvimedica, MAPFRE and Team Vestas Wind – made camp at the Volvo Ocean Race Village at the V&A Waterfront, which was open to the public. Over and above the impressive display of ocean magic, the V&A Volvo Race Village boasted a myriad of water-based events throughout the two-week period. Amanzi Magazine stopped over to witness the Inaugural Volvo Extreme Waterpolo Tournament as well as the Open water swim and dragon boat race.
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Volvo Extreme Waterpolo Tournament 2014 – V & A Waterfront
Monday the 10th November marked the first day of matches in the inaugural Volvo Extreme Waterpolo Tournament, where 15 teams competed in one of three divisions (Men’s 1st, Women’s 1st or Men’s 2nd) for the respective title.
the games were played in the icy Cape Waters in the Cape Town harbour. A won
derful setting, with the V & A Waterfront’s Table Bay Hotel watching over, as the players braved the 11-14 degree waters for 2 x 10 min halves of intense Waterpolo. The floating pool areas were smaller than usual with goals so tiny, it made scoring against the top keepers require a perfect shot.
To manage in the freezing waters, many players wore wetsuits, however there were a few brave souls who took on the cold and donned just a tiny speedo.
It must be said that the women seemed all in all more brave than the men! The Monday fixtures saw a great crowd hanging over the balustrades watching the extreme polo players taking one another on, as lazy seals and massive jellyfish made their way in and out of the ool. UCT made itself known early as their men’s 1st and 2nd and women’s 1st were unbeaten.
The following day saw slightly colder water but this didn’t taint the enthusiasm of the extreme athletes. During the games, the boats from the Volvo Ocean Race began to arrive at port after their latest crossing. The results were again good for UCT as they booked themselves a spot in each final to be played the following day.
Wednesday saw a NW wind blowing all day which brought in slightly warmer water, however this wind was unfortunately also accompanied by a Cape rain storm which made the wetsuit-less finalists look even more crazy.
Rondebosch won the 2nd league final in a tight game vs UCT 2nd team.
The strong UCT teams, however, won both the 1st league finals.
The event was a great success and an opportunity for the players to put themselves to the test in extreme conditions.
All players and spectators will look forward to this exciting blip on their busy calendars for years to come. Thank you to Volvo and the relevant organisers for the initiative.
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