Ocean Globe Race begins second leg
Published on November 6th, 2023
Cape Town, SA (November 6, 2023) – The second stage of the 2023-24 Ocean Globe Race got underway yesterday as 11 teams began the 7250 nm course to Auckland, New Zealand. Of the 14 yachts on Leg 1, the South African entrant Sterna (Swan 53) will start today, once rigging work is completed. The Australian Explorer (Swan 57) only arrived the day before race start, while Godspeed (Swan 51) from the USA is still over 400 miles from Cape Town.
2023-24 Ocean Globe Race:
FIRST LEG: Start 10 September 2023. 7670 miles. First boats finish 9-21 October 2023.
SECOND LEG: Start 5 November 2023. 7250 miles. First boats finish 14-23 December 2023.
THIRD LEG: Start 14 January 2024. 4980 miles. First boats finish 9-18 February 2024.
FOURTH LEG: Start 5 March. 6550 miles. Finish 1-10 April 2024.
The 2023-24 Ocean Globe Race (OGR) is a fully crewed, retro race, in the spirit of the 1973 Whitbread Round the World Race, marking the 50th Anniversary of the original event. Racing without computers, GPS, and high-tech materials, they navigate with sextants and paper charts. Seven of the fleet are former Whitbread competitors.
Starting in Southampton (UK) on September 10, the OGR is a 27,000-mile sprint around the Globe, divided into four legs that passes south of the three great Capes. The fleet is divided in three classes with stop-overs in Cape Town, South Africa; Auckland, New Zealand; and Punta del Este, Uruguay before returning to Southhampton in April 2024.