Before becoming The Ocean Race, it was the Volvo Ocean Race in which the course around the world turned into a show of trunks, stopping along the way to flex its commercial muscle. Rather than crossing the lower latitudes, the route made a detour through India, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and China. Asia was big business for Volvo and the team sponsors.
The Clipper Round the World Race, in which crews pay to participate, had laid the groundwork for leveraging the course for profit. While these routes are not ideal for sailing, they have paid the bills. Unfortunately for the 2019-2020 Clipper Race, they were on their way to Asia at the start of the pandemic and were forced to end the race in March 2020.
While the Clipper Race hopes to leave the Philippines in February 2022, The Ocean Race is taking no risks and has reviewed its course to avoid the region all together. For the first time, the course will have no stops along the southern oceans, making it the longest stage in the history of the race.
But before the new 12,750 nautical mile leg from Cape Town, South Africa, Itajaí, Brazil, there were to be stops in Shenzhen, China and Auckland, New Zealand, and the New Zealand Herald reports. now that the Kiwis are not very happy with this review:
Calling the decision a “slap in the face” of fans, Auckland stopover organizers Mayo & Calder were informed of the decision less than 24 hours before the announcement and are puzzled because the Auckland stopover was still 17 months away.
“Preparations for the Auckland stopover are well advanced and we have been working with our investment partners in New Zealand Government and Auckland Council agencies to ensure that all appropriate contingencies are in place to enable a successful stopover in 2023, “Mayo & Calder said in a statement. declaration.
“This has been communicated to the race organizers on several occasions, with no inquiries or assurances sought regarding New Zealand’s COVID-19 response during this period.
“The Auckland stopover is at the heart of the Ocean Race and is its spiritual home. For nearly 50 years the Kiwis have given the race and the teams an unparalleled welcome and it would be a slap in the face for fans around the world if the race organizers did not address this situation appropriately.
“Together with our legal advisers and with the support of our investment partners, we are now focused on working with the race organizer to achieve a satisfactory resolution of this disappointing situation.”
The change of course will also delay the departure from Alicante, Spain, initially scheduled for October 2022, to now in late December 2022 or early January 2023, with the final date not yet announced.
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The Ocean Race (formerly Volvo Ocean Race) will take place in two boat classes: the high performance foiling IMOCA 60 class and the VO65 one-design class which has been used in the last two editions of the race. The entrants of the IMOCA 60 class will compete for the The Ocean Race trophy, while those who drive the VO65s will run after the Ocean Challenge Trophy. The 14th edition was originally scheduled for 2021-2022 but has been postponed for a year due to the pandemic.