More legs for The Ocean Race Europe
Published on August 4th, 2023
When The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) was postponed from 2021 to 2023, the need for activation launched the inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe which had three equally scored offshore legs in May-June 2021.
With the completion of The Ocean Race 2023, the organizing authority is looking ahead to the next major event in the 10-year planning cycle – The Ocean Race Europe 2025. Since an announcement in May 2023, cities across the European continent are expressing their interest as host ports along the race route.
The event is a north-south European offshore race scheduled to take place in 2025, ahead of the 2026-27 edition of the round-the-world Race. It will start in the Baltic Sea, sail across the North Sea and the Atlantic, through the Strait of Gibraltar, and finish in the Mediterranean, with up to five stops along the way (in addition to the start and finish ports).
Designed to showcase professional fully-crewed offshore racing, the 60-foot IMOCA class will compete in The Ocean Race Europe. Following a proposal review, the selected cities will be announced in February 2024.
The Ocean Race has adopted a ten-year strategy that includes the next two editions of The Ocean Race, in 2026-27 and 2030-31, and two editions of The Ocean Race Europe, in 2025 and 2029.