Sailing - Volvo Ocean Race - In-Port Race - Hong Kong, China - January 28, 2018. MAPFRE sails at Victoria Harbour after winning Around Hong Kong Island Race. REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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Glass towers bristling on Hong Kong's skyline may be its most recognizable feature but the sight of yachts from the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race in its harbors shows the island metropolis is reasserting its maritime heritage.Hong Kong's debut as a host of the Volvo race, which called at the city for the first time in its 44-year history in January, caused excitement among local enthusiasts who say it is about time the city showed off its nautical pedigree.The city has hosted the Hong Kong to Manila China Sea Race since 1962, but the Volvo race takes it into a new league.As the Volvo Ocean Race works to expand its footprint, adding destinations can help draw in entrants and expand the race's profile -- this year Hong Kong boat Scallywag joined the race and Dongfeng from China took part for a second time
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