Usually raced in one design, The Ocean Race opens at the IMOCA for the next edition in October 2021. The VO65s will still be in the race, but reserved for young crews. Interview with Johan Salén, Managing Director.
During 2018, we learned of the change in ownership of the Volvo Ocean Race. Now called The Ocean Race , it now belongs to Atlant Ocean Racing Spain, led by Richard Brisius, Johan Salén and Jan Litborn, and will take place on two classes of boats.
The next edition of The Ocean Race (Whitbread Round the World Race from 1973 to 1997 then Volvo Ocean Race from 2001 to 2018) will take place in 2021-2022. To open the race to the ultra-technological world of French offshore racing, the new organizers have decided to make IMOCA the new class of The Ocean Race . We will therefore now find two types of boat on the starting line, the VO65 on one side and the IMOCA on the other.
However, two years ago, the future of the 65 feet was not secure, as Johan Salen explains.
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