To truly understand the race, though, it’s better to think of it in terms thousands of sailors who have taken part over the years will recognise immediately.
Put simply, The Ocean Race is an obsession.
For over 40 years, the race has exercised an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest ever sailors – many of whom have dedicated years, decades even, in trying to win it. It began life in 1973 as the Whitbread Round the World Race and to this day it remains sailing’s toughest race to run and the ultimate test of a team in professional sport.
The next edition of the Race will start from Alicante (Spain) in autumn 2021.
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