Dates for all eight stopovers, as perfectly as a new fly-by previous Kiel in Germany, have now been verified for the 14th edition of The Ocean Race.
The Ocean Race 2022-23 will pay a visit to 9 global cities more than a six-thirty day period period of time, with leg a single setting up from Alicante, Spain, on 15 January 2023.
The start of the 14th version of The Ocean Race will see the two racing fleets (the foiling IMOCAs and a person-structure VO65s) depart on a 32,000 nautical mile (60,000 km) race all over the earth in individual divisions.
“The current course and schedule for The Ocean Race 2022-23 offers an powerful 6 months of racing close to the globe and will obstacle the finest sailors and teams in a way that only The Ocean Race can do,” claims Phil Lawrence, the race director.
“We have additional the longest leg in the background of the event – having the fleet three-quarters of the way all-around Antarctica – and for the initial time, the race will start and complete in the Mediterranean.
“The winners of this edition of The Ocean Race will need to demonstrate elite ability, regularity throughout all method of sea ailments, and resilience in the encounter of the inescapable setbacks. This will be past something they will have encountered in any other sailing.”
The first leg is a 1,900 nautical mile dash from Alicante to Cabo Verde the to start with time the Race has stopped at the African archipelago. Historically, the fleets have sailed past the islands as they head south down the Atlantic. Whilst in Cabo Verde, The Ocean Race will consider section in its Ocean Week, with a target on local and worldwide sustainability problems.
Leg 2 will start on 25 January and see the fleets racing throughout the equator, south to Cape Town, the 12th time the Race has stopped in the southern idea of Africa, producing it the most frequented stopover in this edition of the occasion. This will also be the first of three ‘haul-out’ stops, wherever the boats will be lifted from the drinking water for upkeep.
Future is the longest racing distance in the 50-yr historical past of the event, a 12,750 nautical mile, a person-month marathon to Itajaí, Brazil.
This leg takes the IMOCA and VO65 sailors down to the roaring forties and furious fifties of the Southern Ocean. Antarctica is to the right and the fleet will need to pass the Cape of Fantastic Hope, Cape Leeuwin, and Cape Horn to port, without halting, for the first time.
There will be an additional prolonged, haul-out stopover in Itajaí, Brazil, next this epic southern leg in advance of racing resumes heading north, through the doldrums, throughout the equator and up to Newport, Rhode Island, on the east coast of the United States.
From there, the Race returns to Europe, with a transatlantic leg to Aarhus, Denmark, followed by a fly-by of Kiel, Germany, en route to a stop in The Hague, The Netherlands.
Then the race heads to Genova, Italy for the last offshore leg, the Grand Finale.
There will be in-port races in the times in advance of the leg commence in Alicante, Cape Town, Itajaí, Newport, Aarhus, The Hague and Genova. The in-port racing will be scored as a independent sequence for each fleet, with the end result acting as a tie-breaker in the over-all race.
The Kiel fly-by is a new addition to the racecourse. The race was very last in Germany for the complete of the 2001-02 edition, won by the German workforce, Illbruck. Now, in this 14th version, two German IMOCA teams have their sights set on the race: Offshore Crew Germany and Crew Malizia.
“It’s great to have Kiel included as a fly-by to what was currently an legendary race route,” suggests Robert Stanjek, who skippered Offshore Group Germany to victory in the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe past spring. “This approaching version of The Ocean Race is shaping up as an extraordinary problem and the prospect to sail past a home group in Kiel as we close to the end of our race all over the world is a desire occur genuine.”
There will be Prologue racing for both IMOCA and VO65 fleets scheduled in the next fifty percent of 2022, with particulars to be verified. Each fleets will assemble in Alicante during the holiday break interval at the end of 2022, forward of the initially leg begin day on 15 January, 2023.
The Ocean Race 2022-23 – Race Agenda
To be confirmed – Prologue Race(s): September to December 2022
Alicante, Spain – Leg 1 start off: 15 January 2023
Cabo Verde – ETA: 22 January Leg 2 start: 25 January
Cape City, South Africa – ETA: 9 February Leg 3 start out: 26/27 February (TBC)
Itajaí, Brazil – ETA: 1 April Leg 4 get started: 23 April
Newport, RI, United states of america – ETA: 10 Might Leg 5 begin: 21 Might
Aarhus, Denmark – ETA: 30 Could Leg 6 begin: 8 June
Kiel, Germany (Fly-By) – 9 June
The Hague, The Netherlands – ETA: 11 June Leg 7 commence: 15 June
Genova, Italy – The Grand Finale – ETA: 25 June, 2023 Ultimate In-Port Race: 1 July, 2023
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