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The organization of the 14th edition of The Ocean Race -Round the World by Stages- will his departure from the Spanish port of Alicante in October 2022, to finish in Genoa (Italy) in the summer of 2023, deferring a year to the date scheduled to start in 2021.
The change of the departure date of the next edition has come after a strategic planning process and consultation with the parties involved in the event, in order to determine the best path in a sport landscape affected by the pandemic of the COVID-19.
To fill the vacuum left by the postponement of the organization studied to carry out a race in Europe in the summer of 2021 and ,for the first time in its nearly half-century history of the test is to confirm the following editions over the next ten years, 2022-23, in 2026-27 and in 2030-31.
“We are at a time of unprecedented and our main priority is with all those affected by the pandemic of the COVID-19. Our thoughts today are with the victims and their families also in Spain, on the day of his tribute of the State,” said Richard Brisius, President of The Ocean Race.
as it was planned, in the next edition of The Ocean Race will participate in teams with monohulls VO65 and IMOCA 60. The host cities and the sponsors previously announced will continue to be involved in the next edition of 2022-23.
“we Offer our full support to the process so that the output of the next The Ocean Race will take place in October 2022 in Alicante. The change already has the support of the Society Thematic Project of the Comunitat Valenciana (SPTVC) and hope that it will be ratified by the Plenary of the Consell of the Generalitat Valenciana in the coming weeks,” , explained Antonio Rodes, Director of SPTCV.
The navigator), brazilian Torben Grael, the skipper winning the race and vice president of the Council of the World Sailing (International Sailing Federation) has pointed that: “The Ocean Race is important to me personally, in addition to being one of the big events of the calendar of sailing events, so I applaud the decision of the organizers.”
“As a sport, we benefit when the main events are at their strongest point, and the new date will allow more teams well prepared you are at the starting line in 2022”, has been completed.