Changes In Ocean Race Ownership

The Volvo Ocean Race in 2018 had started in the early summer months and spanned a race course of 45000 miles in total. The last mile had seen three teams in a close contest and the final length or sprint to Hague had been one of the closest finishes that the race had seen in its history spanning 45 years. The first two teams had a mere time span of 16 minutes when they completed the 126 days of this highly acclaimed world race.

As a result, many are still talking about it and it is definitely one of the most talked about races with the world’s best sailors participating. It was also the 13th edition that came to an end with several changes that were announced for the forthcoming editions.

For instance, Volvo has been the owner of this race for 20 years and the 13th edition announced itself to be the end of that ownership. There is also talk of involving 60 footer vessels as are used in the Grand Prix races. Though these are primarily used for short-handed racing, it might become a reality for this race soon. With the World Sailing Show in Paris, the changes for this race became more evident.

At the show in Paris, IMOCA joined forces with the Ocean Race as it is now known, Volvo having withdrawn their ownership from this race. The next edition is being planned now for October 2021 with IMOCA as part of the management. December 11th was when the general assembly of IMOCA was held when they passed a newly written version of Class Rule. This would be applicable for full crewed events like the Ocean Race as well as defined the several characteristics of the yachts that would compete in the upcoming race in 2021.

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