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by Ingrid Hale
The Ocean Race Mirpuri Foundation

We were disappointed when the start of The Ocean Race 2021 was postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic.          But now we can get our “fix” with The Ocean Race Europe. The inaugural edition of the race is scheduled to start in May on VO65s and IMOCA 60s. The course will run from the Atlantic coast of Europe into the Mediterranean, with up to four stops along the way. The full race course will be released shortly.

A race around Europe

The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe will bring competitive ocean racing to up to four European cities.

Crew members from all over the world will race in foiling IMOCA 60s and one-design VO65s from the North Atlantic coast of Europe into the Mediterranean Sea. Each leg will be scored equally, with winners and prizes in each class.

The work started by the award-winning sustainability programme of the 2017-18 race will continue. The Racing with Purpose programme includes advocacy, science, learning and sustainable-event excellence.

The Ocean Race Europe will launch a ten-year calendar of racing that includes confirmed editions of the iconic, fully-crewed, around the world event – The Ocean Race. The Ocean Race takes place every four years, beginning in 2022-23.

First entry

Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team has become the first team to officially enter the race. And 11th Hour Racing has made their intention known to compete in this event too.

Based in Cascais, Portugal, The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team will compete with their VO65, Racing for the Planet.

“We are excited to confirm our participation in The Ocean Race Europe,” said Yoann Richomme, skipper of The Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team. “It will be a challenging race in its own right and one that is worthy of our focus and application. Our approach to the European race doesn’t differ from The Ocean Race. We are here to win and our preparation reflects that. We are putting together a team of experienced sailors and shore crew and we can’t wait to get out on the water.”

“Officially lodging our entry for The Ocean Race Europe is a significant milestone for the Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team,” said Paulo Mirpuri, founder Mirpuri Foundation Racing Team. “We have all faced many challenges over the past twelve months and sport will continue to play a critical role in our recovery. As we continue the fight against Covid-19 we must not forget the battle we are all facing against climate change. For us our message doesn’t change, we are racing for the planet.”

A full race schedule announced

11th Hour Racing has announced a full racing schedule with 2 boats in 2021. And The Ocean Race Europe is on their list.

COVID-19 dependent, we’re hoping to compete in four races this year:

  • The Ocean Race Europe: A four-week tour around the continent in May through mid June, with two Classes – the IMOCA 60s and VO65s.
  • Rolex Fastnet: With a start on Sunday, August 8 from the home of British yacht racing, Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The fleet will head around the Fastnet Rock, south of Ireland, before finishing for the first time in Cherbourg, France.
  • Défi Azimut: A 48-hour long offshore race, coupled with a short dash around the island of Groix off the Brittany coast in France. The race takes place in September.
  • Transat Jacques Vabre: The legendary race from Le Havre, France across the Atlantic, kicking off on October 24. Our skipper, Charlie Enright, came fourth in 2019 with Pascal Bidégorry.


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