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Alicante Confirmed as Final Host City for The Ocean Race Europe

16th April 2021
The Ocean Race fleet starting for Lisbon from their Alicante stopover on 22 October 2017 The Ocean Race fleet starting for Lisbon from their Alicante stopover on 22 October 2017 Credit: Ainhoa Sanchez/Volvo AB

The Ocean Race Europe will visit in Alicante, with the Spanish city confirmed as the fourth host city for the inaugural event this May and June.

Alicante is very familiar territory for The Ocean Race, as the home of both the race headquarters and the venue for each of the round-the-world race starts since 2008.

“We are very excited that Alicante, the current headquarters of The Ocean Race and the home of The Ocean Race Museum, will host the penultimate stop of this new event, The Ocean Race Europe,” said Antonio Rodes, general director of Sociedad Proyectos Temáticos of the Valencian Region (SPTCV).

“The Ocean Race Europe will give continuity to the activities organised in Alicante. The new European race once again places Alicante in the framework of major international events, contributing to the future opportunities in attracting services and tourism and in the positive projection of the city in international media.”

The Ocean Race Europe is a new event on the offshore sailing calendar, open to the one-design VO65 class and teams sailing in a fully-crewed configuration in the IMOCA 60s.

The teams will race up to Alicante from Cascais on the second leg of the race and will be hosted at the port of Alicante in mid-June. The race will start in Lorient, France at the end of May and will finish in Genoa, Italy a few weeks later.

“We look forward to bringing The Ocean Race Europe to Alicante,” said regatta director Phil Lawrence. “This will allow fans in our home port to experience a taste of racing before the around the world race start in October 2022.

“Our Race HQ in Alicante will be an important centre for The Ocean Race Europe,” said managing director Johan Salen. “Not only will Alicante host a stopover, but our race headquarters will serve as the hub for the media content and race management during The Ocean Race Europe.”

With the Alicante stop confirmed as the final piece of the race course puzzle, the full schedule for The Ocean Race Europe — including coastal races — will be released in the coming days.

The organisers of The Ocean Race Europe are prioritising the health and safety of all competitors and stakeholders and will follow all relevant regulations and advisories with respect to Covid-19.

Published in Volvo Ocean Race
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