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The Ocean Race Europe

The Ocean Race Europe will promote international sport, the Green Deal, and European spirit

The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe, scheduled to start late in the spring of 2021, will bring international top-flight, competitive ocean racing to up to five European cities. The Ocean Race Europe will engage with European citizens to enhance the ambitious green transition and showcase the power of Digital Transformation.

The Ocean Race Europe will see crew members from all over the world racing in foiling IMOCA 60s and one-design VO65s racing from the North Atlantic coast of Europe into the Mediterranean Sea, on a race course of up to five legs, each to be scored equally. There will be winners and prizes in each class.

OFF Groix – June 5: French skippers Thomas Ruyant, sailing on the Imoca LinkedOut, training prior to the vendee globe, on June 05, 2020, off Groix, South Brittany, France – Photo Pierre Bouras / TR Racing

The Ocean Race Europe opportunities

Johan Salén, the Managing Director of The Ocean Race:

The Ocean Race Europe, provisionally scheduled to run over the month of June, fits well in the racing calendar in 2021 and provides our teams with competitive, meaningful racing next year, adding continuity to their racing programmes. As a new event, it has been important that we have support from teams and sailors for this project to get off the ground, and the feedback to date has been extremely positive.

Bouwe Bekking, an eight-time veteran of The Ocean Race, has been racing with Sailing Holland and Team Childhood over the past year and has also been coaching the Sailing Poland VO65 team recently. He said:

It is great that The Ocean Race Europe will visit important countries for our partners and allows us to reach out, especially to the younger sailors who have a dream to participate one day in the The Ocean Race. I like that the race is short and intense and we will be sailing in new areas in the Mediterranean once we get past Alicante, Spain.

It will be very interesting to see how the new teams will perform and as well how the VO65 boats can hang with the IMOCA 60s. In fast reaching conditions, I’m sure there will be big differences and the foiling IMOCAs will smoke the 65s. But if we get some upwind or dead downwind running conditions, maybe there is a surprise or two! Either way, it looks to be an exciting few weeks of racing and I’m looking forward to it.

Mirpuri Foundation Race Team. Photo by Mirpuri Foundation Race Team

Onshore activities The Ocean Race Europe

On shore, there will be public activities within each host city, along with team promotional and hospitality events. The Ocean Race Europe will put the health of the sailors, teams and public as a top priority and respect all COVID19 regulations in each city visited.

The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe in 2021 leads off a ten-year calendar of racing activity that includes confirmed editions of the iconic, fully-crewed, around the world event – The Ocean Race – every four years, beginning in 2022-23.

The Ocean Race Europe
8th edition of the Défi Azimut event in Lorient, France featuring IMOCA 60 class boats sailing on September 22nd, 2018.

Sustainability programme

The work started by the award-winning sustainability programme of the 2017-18 Race continues as part of The Ocean Race Europe and beyond. The Racing with Purpose programme includes advocacy, science, learning and sustainable event excellence.

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What is The Ocean Race?

The Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympic Games and America’s Cup.

To truly understand the race, though, it’s better to think of it in a way the athletes who take part will recognise immediately. Put simply, The Ocean Race is an obsession, and many of the world’s best sailors have dedicated years, even decades of their lives trying to win it.

You can also race on the Volvo 65’s

Volvo 65 Sisi will have availability for you as a non-professional sailor to join the Ocean Race Europe. Keep an eye out on our blog for the announcements as soon as we know the schedule.

Or race on Volvo 60 or Volvo 70’s

Former Volvo Ocean Race boats like the VOR 60 and VOR 70 can be booked for a whole boat charter and are also taking individual berth bookings.


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