Planning for The Ocean Race Europe

Published on May 4th, 2023

The Ocean Race organizers are looking ahead to the next major event in the 10 year planning cycle – The Ocean Race Europe 2025.

The inaugural event in 2021, which featured 10 teams racing across the IMOCA and VO65 classes, was among the first major international sporting events to resume following COVID lockdowns.

The next edition of The Ocean Race Europe is scheduled to begin in the late summer of 2025, and will start in the Baltic Sea and finish in the Mediterranean, with up to five stops along the way.

The IMOCA class will compete in The Ocean Race Europe, crewed by men and women as in The Ocean Race. The sporting calendar will include offshore legs between the host cities, as well as in port racing and pro/am guest sailing experiences. Additional classes may be considered if appropriate.

European cities along the coastline are invited to express an interest in hosting the event and in particular to demonstrate how they would partner with The Ocean Race Europe to showcase projects and approaches towards the protection and restoration of the ocean and inland waters.

“The current edition of The Ocean Race has shown the power of combining sport with a strong purpose,” said Richard Brisius, the Race Chairman of The Ocean Race. “Alongside our stakeholders and host cities, we are passionate about the restoration of ocean health and committed to advancing the cause of ocean rights. The upcoming edition of The Ocean Race Europe is a natural extension of this work and we are looking to work with cities who share this vision.”

A list of technical requirements to host The Ocean Race Europe is available and the selection of successful cities will be based on fulfilment of this as well as the overall vision and concept for the event.

Interested cities should contact for more information.

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