The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe, will start at the end of May 2021 and finish in Genova, Italy in June, with up to four stopover cities along the way.
The Europe race is a new event, designed to showcase top-flight, fully-crewed, competitive ocean racing featuring the best international teams. Along the way, the Ocean Race Europe will engage with European citizens to enhance the ambitious green transition and showcase the power of Digital Transformation.
The Ocean Race Europe will see crew members from all over the world racing in foiling IMOCA 60s and one-design VO65s racing from the North Atlantic coast of Europe into the Mediterranean Sea, on a race course of up to four legs, each to be scored equally. There will be winners and prizes in each class.
On shore, there will be public activities within each host city, along with team promotional and hospitality events. The Ocean Race Europe will put the health of the sailors, teams and public as a top priority and respect all COVID19 regulations in each city visited.
The work started by the award-winning sustainability programme of the 2017-18 Race continues as part of The Ocean Race Europe and beyond. The Racing with Purpose programme includes advocacy, science, learning and sustainable event excellence.
The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe in 2021 leads off a ten-year calendar of racing activity that includes confirmed editions of the iconic, fully-crewed, around the world event - The Ocean Race - every four years, beginning in 2022-23.
The Ocean Race Europe is already seeing entries from teams in both the IMOCA and VO65 class.