The Ocean Race, what is it?

The Ocean Race, since 1973, is the greatest team test and a unique adventure. Four decades in which it has been the testing ground for very experienced sailors.

It is often referred to as the longest and most difficult professional sporting event in the world. This is the most difficult sailing challenge. One of the three great events of that sport, along with the Olympic Games and the Copa América. A race that the best sailors in the world have spent years, or even decades, winning. We have Sir Peter Blake as a good example. This man competed in the first edition in 1973-74, and repeated every year until he was victorious in 1989-90.

The regatta is a combination between the human adventure and the world-wide competition. Thanks to the reporters who are on board in all the participating teams, we can have a unique vision of what is happening at all times. Being aware of what it takes to win the regatta, a superhuman demand. Teams give it their all 24 hours a day, to take advantage of any advantage that comes their way that allows them to make a difference.

the ocean race 2022-2023
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The concept of this competition is simple: Face the best sailors in the world in the most difficult waters in the world. The last edition was the most even in history. Three teams virtually tied in the approach to the finish line. After 126 days of racing spread over 11 months, Charles Caudrelier's Dongfeng Race Team claimed victory by just 16 minutes. The first three teams were separated by just four points.

The Ocean Race 2022-2023

Currently The Ocean Race 2021-22 has confirmed its postponement to the 2022-2023 edition. His route will remain the same, he will visit 10 cities around the world, including his departure from Alicante in October 2022 until his arrival in Genoa (Italy) in the summer of 2023. Below we leave you the 10 cities through which this competition:

  • Alicante (Spain) – Port of departure
  • Cape Verde
  • Cape Town (South Africa)
  • Shenzhen (China)
  • Auckland (New Zealand)
  • Itajai (Brazil)
  • Newport, Rhode Island (USA)
  • Aarhus (Denmark)
  • The Hague (Netherlands)
  • Genoa (Italy) – The grand finale

the ocean race route
Route of The Ocean Race 2022-2023. Image retrieved from

As planned in the next edition, teams from the VO65 and IMOCA60 classes will participate. The award-winning sustainability programme, one of the fundamental pillars of The Ocean Race, will continue to grow under the motto “Racing with Purpose”.

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