Global race for Class40 in 2023
Published on July 9th, 2019
Newport, RI (July 9, 2019) – Manuka Sports Event Management and 5 Oceans Sports Marketing are organizing a new double-handed Class40 around-the-world race in 2023, The Race Around, for teams looking for a global challenge following the 2022 Route du Rhum, a transatlantic solo race from France to Guadeloupe that occurs every four years.
The Race Around, with the full endorsement of Class40 organization, will include five stopovers in its inaugural edition. It will begin with a prologue from a northern European city before taking competitors to Portugal, South Africa, New Zealand, and Brazil. The course will feature the three great Capes of ocean navigation and include the challenging Southern Ocean, before returning to the city where it all began.
Starting in late summer of 2023 and run on a four-year cycle, The Race Around’s first edition will allow competitors enough time to prepare their campaigns, and importantly invest time into qualifying for this ocean race.
The Race Around is open to both amateurs and professionals provided they qualify under the rigorous safety standards as stipulated by both the Offshore Special Regulations – Category 0 and the Organizing Authority’s requirements.
The Race Around’s traditional route will provide the opportunity for competitors to join the legacy of sailors who have circumnavigated the globe before them. Organizers believe the race will showcase some of the most talented Class40 sailors, while also providing exciting content for worldwide sports fans.
Spearheaded by yacht racing professionals, Hugh Piggin and Sam Holliday, the race will bring the highest standards of sportsmanship, competitive spirit, and excitement to the Class40 event calendar. Piggin and Holliday bring over 30 years of working with high-level professional race teams and events specifically in the Class40 and short-handed offshore racing arena.
“When discussing with both the Class40 Board of Directors and our commercial partners, it was decided that 2023 provided the clearest opportunity within the calendar,” said Piggin, Event Director.
“Four years allows potential competitors the time to raise funds and pitch sponsors, the time to train and qualify; and for some, the time to build a new boat. When assessing the race calendar, we looked at the placement of the Route du Rhum in great detail and following consultation we believe that the teams we’re looking to attract will prefer to race around the world after the Route du Rhum.”
“Should we be satisfied with our sizeable armada of Class40s in the Route du Rhum?” asked Halvard Mabire, Class40 President. “In truth, it also shows that we are partially dependent upon one major event which takes place only once every four years.
“Even though Class40 has a varied and full race program, it is nevertheless obvious that Class40 deserves its own great around the world event, combining adventure with a high level of competition, an event capable of seducing the press, the public and therefore sponsors, so that our skippers can stay in Class40, instead of changing classes because they are attracted by events which Class40 does not yet have.”
“Having been involved with Class40 for almost ten years, it’s fascinating to see the continual development and internationalization of the Class,” noted Sam Holliday, Commercial Director. “It has been fantastic to work alongside Class40 in developing this race and we, like Class40, are very optimistic with the interest already expressed from teams and commercial partners.
“The way in which we’re choosing to run The Race Around allows us the opportunity to create something that goes beyond just one edition and one in which talented sailors from around the world can leverage as a platform to perform on a global scale.”
Organizers will also seek a robust communication plan enabling the growth of offshore sailing’s fan base. Rich media distributed through international channels as part of a number of media partnerships, alongside real-time updates from onboard, will immerse fans in the experience of racing around the globe and allow students to connect with sailors as they make their journey as part of an educational program.