The Ocean Race


  • The Ocean Race started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race
  • This will be the 3rd consecutive campaign for team leaders Mark Towill and Charlie Enright
  • There will be 2 classes of boats in the next edition: IMOCA 60 & VO65
  • IMOCA 60 sailing teams will have 5 sailing crew and 1 onboard reporter
  • VO65 entries will have 11 sailors and 1 onboard reporter
  • 11th Hour Racing Team will enter in the IMOCA 60 sailing class
  • The 2017-18 race covered over 45,000 nautical miles
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The Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world and sailing’s premiere offshore race for teams. It’s one of the sport’s biggest competitions alongside the Olympic Games, America’s Cup, and SailGP.

Started in 1973 as the Whitbread Round-The-World Race after a casual conversation among sailing friends at a bar, The Ocean Race now features cutting-edge racing yachts and professional sailors. Teams compete every 3-4 years in the global event that sits at the intersection of adventure, technology, nature and sport. Sailors dedicate years, even decades, of their lives trying to win the race.

The 14th edition of the Ocean Race will start in autumn of 2022, taking place over nine months and featuring two classes of boats for the first time in two decades.

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