The Ocean Race, The Cruising World Tour is known up until now as Volvo Ocean Race, continues to take shape from its headquarters in Alicante. The regatta’s organization commemorated Thursday the launch of the brand-new examination of brand identity at an on-line occasion in which the first participants of the fleet were announced.


Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race (from 1973 to 1997) and the Volvo Ocean Race (from 2001 to 2018), The Ocean Race is the toughest crewman race on the planet, as well as a critical event in the sport of sailing. In all, this enormous difficulty has been competing the last 46 years.

Although the regatta currently has brand-new owners, the Sea Race retains Volvo as a superior sponsor. “This is a good time for the Ocean Race,” stated handling supervisor Johan Salén. “We are enjoyed proceed moving forward with a brand-new identification that mirrors the most effective of our heritage as human aspiration, the technology, the competition and also the team effort, and the time that we include brand-new items as our main emphasis in sustainability.”


The following version of the Sea Race will undoubtedly be introduced in 2021 from Alicante (Spain), with two classes of watercraft: the IMOCA 60 high-tech and also the VO65 monotypes that won the most equivalent race in the background of the event in the last edition. The remainder of the scenic tour will undoubtedly be confirmed during the following few months, although it has been stated that it will have a maximum of nine stages, two less than in the last edition disputed. The head office award procedure is already underway with sees to the candidate cities. The complete course will undoubtedly be introduced before the end of summertime. In the meantime, Newport (United States) appears to be among the very best cities positioned to invite the fleet after its passage through the southerly hemisphere.

” Opening the Ocean Race to the IMOCA class is not only exciting for seafarers. We are again put at the forefront of innovation as well as makes the whole shipping market, from developers as well as designers to deliver contractors as well as sailmakers, to be entailed once again in the race,” stated executive supervisor Richard Mason.

” There are nine new IMOCA 60 unfinished, and also we understand that numerous of them are preparing as projects for our regatta. As well as on the other hand, we currently have 6 of the eight VO65 essentially bludgeoned for groups that prepare to be on the beginning line in 2021.”


Paulo Mirpuri, President of the Mirpuri Structure and founder of the Turn the Trend on Plastic in the last edition, introduced that he would contend the very least one group completing in the Ocean Race. “I am pleased to reveal that the Mirpuri Structure will certainly become part of the following version of the race,” Mirpuri stated from Lisbon, Portugal. “Our objective is to place a campaign with the VO65, the Monotype that supplied such an amazing race last time, to bring our message of sustainability to everyone.”

Mirpuri additionally said he was intrigued by the technical obstacle positioned by the IMOCA 60 as well as was thinking about providing a second team in that class.

In link from Auckland, New Zealand, Bianca Chef, that cruised aboard the turn the Tide on Plastic in the 2017-18 edition, introduced that she will lead a New Zealand flag group. Tony Rae, Trae, who has competed in 6 races of the regatta as well as seven teams of the Copa America, is on board to handle the campaign.

” After completion of the race in The Hague, I was ready to return and ever since I have been working with Trae to establish a team for the next Sea Race,” Cook said. “We have a huge variety of New Zealand seafarers to select from to create the team; I can’t point out any names presently, however, be mindful.”

According to Mason, there are most likely to be new team ads in the coming weeks as well as months, even though there are still more than two as well as a fifty percent years to go.

Xabi Fernández, who took the Mapfre to 2nd area in the last version, the very best outcome for a Spanish group in the background of the regatta, was in Alicante for the new image launch event and claimed he is striving to have a competitive group in the next edition.

” Of course it’s tempting, and also I hope we exist once more as a group. We’ve been running five versions in a row, not just for me, but for the entire team,” Fernandez claimed. “The IMOCA 60 is extremely different; it is a much faster ship, as well as there, are several fewer people on board. There is a great deal of technology and growth, a lot of design, as well as the quicker you start, the far better, that’s why we want to begin as soon as we can.”


Likewise, in Alicante was the Olympic gold medalist Martine Grael, that competed in Group AkzoNobel in 2017-2018, as well as examined the development of the race: “in the last edition, the watercrafts were pushed to the limit, and also in 2021 there will be less team on board the IMOCA with faster races. I assume it’ll be more extreme than ever. The boat has a massive charm.”

From Lorient (France), Paul Meilhat, the champion of the 2018 Rum route, claimed his objective is to get an IMOCA 60 on the beginning line of Alicante. “The Ocean Race is my concern,” Meilhat confirmed. “It is a terrific possibility for me and also for the seafarers and also French firms to do this regatta and be more worldwide. The Ocean Race is an excellent worldwide event that lasts greater than a year, very various from what we generally do and also offers us a great chance.”

” These are interesting times,” wrapped up Antoine Mermod, president of IMOCA. “We have actually been dealing with the Sea Race for months to organize the most effective event we can. What the Ocean Race is constructing is something that will certainly transform the globe of ocean cruising in the future.”

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