The race course for the 14th version of The Ocean Race world wide has been up to date as a result of persevering with problems involving the pandemic, which has eliminated legs stopping in China and New Zealand.
Because of this, that is the longest decrease latitude leg within the 50 12 months historical past of the occasion – 12,750 nautical mile marathon between Cape City, South Africa to Itajaí, Brazil. This modification may also delay the beginning from Alicante, Spain, initially deliberate for October 2022, to now late December 2022 or early January 2023 with the ultimate date but to be introduced.
The remainder of the course stays unchanged from what was confirmed March 2020 after which delayed one 12 months because of the pandemic.
The race begins with the IMOCA and VO65 fleets heading out of the Mediterranean Sea to Cabo Verde, visiting this African island nation for the very first time, earlier than racing all the way down to a perennial favourite amongst stopovers in Cape City, South Africa.
However from there, it’s a return to the roots of the race with an enormous sojourn throughout the southern oceans, over 30 days of racing, to Itajaí, Brazil, host of the previous three stopovers in South America.
This would be the longest leg within the historical past of The Ocean Race, courting all the best way again to the very first fully-crewed world wide race in 1973, and can see a transit of the three nice Capes – the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn – in succession, with out a stopover, for the very first time.
“The continuing and unpredictable results of COVID have meant it’s unattainable, presently, to do the planning needed to make sure profitable stops in China and New Zealand,” defined Johan Salén, the Managing Director of The Ocean Race.
“China and New Zealand stay essential to the current and the way forward for The Ocean Race, and we plan to return to each nations once more,” mentioned Race Chairman Richard Brisius. “We are going to work diligently with each to discover methods for them to have a significant presence on this version as effectively.
The earlier plan had the course going from Cape City to Shenzhen, China, with the next leg from Shenzhen to Auckland, New Zealand earlier than going to Itajaí.
From there, the race course heads north to Newport, Rhode Island, USA, earlier than crossing the Atlantic to northern European stops in Aarhus, Denmark and The Hague in The Netherlands, earlier than the Grand Finale end within the Mediterranean in Genova, Italy.
“This replace to the race route makes it harking back to the unique Ocean Race’s of the previous, and I hope the delay of the beginning till after the Route du Rhum will entice extra groups to hitch us on the beginning line,” mentioned Charlie Enright, skipper of eleventh Hour Racing Crew.
“Not solely is it an easier race from a logistics and group viewpoint, it must also be less expensive and extra accessible for different IMOCA groups, significantly these seeking to build-up to the 2024 Vendée Globe.”
For IMOCA sailors, which focus each 4 years on the continuous around the world Vendée Globe, they continue to be ready for the revised course.
“After I take a look at The Ocean Race, I see an amazing alternative,” mentioned Paul Meilhat, winner of the Route du Rhum in 2018. “This can be a race that may push us to the bounds as sailors however can be arrange effectively for us as IMOCA sailors to race in a fully-crewed format, and showcase the quickest, foiling, offshore race boats to followers of the game all world wide.”
Chris Nicholson, a six-time race veteran who’s at the moment placing collectively a marketing campaign with W-Ocean Racing, approves of the change.
“This race now combines the perfect race for the sailors while nonetheless delivering for the stakeholders,” notes Nicholson. “Probably the greatest elements of competing in The Ocean Race is having the ability to push your self and your boat to the restrict, now we have now been given a taller mountain to climb and I can not anticipate the problem.”
Stopover dates can be introduced shortly because the route logistics are totally confirmed. Entries for the race can be introduced by collaborating groups over the approaching months – the listing of registered groups may be discovered beneath.
“This race course, for sailors and groups in each the IMOCA and VO65 lessons, is shaping as much as present one of many hardest challenges within the lengthy story of the Race,” Salén concluded. “Over our 50 years of historical past, The Ocean Race has advanced with the occasions, however remained true to its core values. We’re trying ahead to the following begin in Alicante in December/January to write down the following chapter.”
Editor’s be aware: The knowledge supplied by race organizers mentioned this new leg was the longest decrease latitude leg in race historical past, but additionally mentioned it was the general longest leg. We try to find out whether it is each.
The Ocean Race (previously Volvo Ocean Race) can be raced in two lessons of boats: the high-performance, foiling, IMOCA 60 class and the one-design VO65 class which has been used for the final two editions of the race. Entries within the IMOCA 60 class will compete for The Ocean Race trophy, whereas these racing the VO65s will chase the Ocean Problem Trophy. The 14th version was initially deliberate for 2021-22 however was postponed one 12 months because of the pandemic.
Race particulars – Route – Groups – Fb
Supply: The Ocean Race