Marine sector is involved again

Two classes of boats will contest The Ocean Race Two classes of boats will contest The Ocean Race
Industry Database

The next edition of The Ocean Race will start in 2021 from Alicante, Spain, with two classes of boats racing.

Formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and latterly the Volvo Ocean Race, The Ocean Race is a crewed, offshore race around the world for professional sailors.

The boats to be raced will be high-tech, foiling IMOCA 60s and the one-design VO65 fleet that were used in the last edition.

“Opening up The Ocean Race to the IMOCA class isn’t just exciting for the sailors. It puts us back at the forefront of technology and gets the entire marine sector – from designers and engineers, to boatbuilders and sailmakers – involved in the race again,” said executive director Richard Mason.

“There are nine new IMOCA 60s in build across the world and we know several of them are being prepared as projects for our race. And on the other side, we already have six of the eight VO65s that are essentially spoken for by campaigns planning to be on the start line in 2021.”

Several teams have already expressed interest in the race that will feature up to nine stopover ports.

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