Fully-crewed around the world • 9 stopovers • 45,000 miles
The race course and stopover locations for the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race will be determined in early 2020. The race will start from Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2021 and finish in Europe in early summer of 2022.
Since 1973, The (Volvo) Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been a proving ground for the legends of our sport.
THE BOATS: VO65 & IMOCA 60
Two classes will compete in the next edition of the race with the addition of the high-tech, foiling IMOCA 60 class adding a design and technical element. The one-design VO65 fleet will race on its third lap of the planet in 2021, with an emphasis on competition, youth and crew diversity.
OceansLab’s aim is to race aboard an IMOCA 60. At 60 feet the monohulls are among the fastest modern racing boats. To maximise on speed the boats are built using light, but strong composite materials ensuring they can withstand the worst conditions on the open seas. Over the years developments of the hull-shape have been optimised towards foiling, resulting in a drag reduction of 10-15% over the previous generation of boats.