Solo and duo for The Race Around

Published on March 10th, 2021

The Race Around 2022-23, a round-the-world race in Class40s, has established a solo category running alongside the previously announced double-handed fleet. Additionally, the organizers have increased the number of entries from 25 to 35, inclusive of five wild cards.

“It has become clear that the Class40 continues to boom and we have to take into account a growing trend of those wanting to compete in a global event that goes beyond the traditional reach of Class40,” said Sam Holliday, Managing Director of The Race Around. “The Race Around therefore perfectly fills the void for those that have finished the Mini Transat and the Route du Rhum and perhaps have the following Vendée Globe cycle in their sights.”

Adds Co-founder Hugh Piggin, “Upon making this decision our main thought has always been to provide a race that aligns with the ethos of an international Class, raced by both amateurs and professionals and The Race Around remains exactly that.

“The ability to choose the category that best suits the respective competitors will allow a varied and interesting mix between professionals seeking glory and seasoned amateurs looking for an adventure of a lifetime whilst racing alongside and against some of the sports established names.”

Further to the inclusion of a solo category, organizers have signed a long-term partnership agreement with Class40. The partnership agreement details how the two organizations will work together to ensure members are provided with the best racing opportunities whilst also ensuring a greater level of technological collaboration with regard to the safety, sustainability, event qualification and more.

“It is clear that The Race Around is looking to establish itself as one of the great ocean races and we, as a Class, are proud to work alongside them in a true partnership,” said Halvard Mabire, President, Class40 Association. “The inclusion of a solo class allows us to dream once again of the golden era of the BOC Challenge and Around Alone, races in which the racing was tough, and adventure was real.

“This allows further opportunity for competitors to stay within the class and for partners and sponsors to gain exposure on a global platform whilst also providing seasoned amateurs the ability to complete a lifelong goal of circumnavigating the globe.”

Race details: https://www.theracearound.com/

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