The chase advance for the 14th copy of The Ocean Chase about the apple has been adapted and it includes an ballsy bridge of the Southern Ocean.
The abutting copy of The Ocean Chase will affection the longest Southern Ocean leg in the 50 year history of the event, an absurd 12,750 abyssal mile chase amid Cape Town, South Africa to Itajaí, Brazil.
This is aloof one of the highlights of the adapted chase course, accepted this week.
[SW: in December 2019, both Auckland and Shenzhen, China, were appear as stopovers. A collective French-Chinese access won the aftermost copy of the afresh Volvo Ocean Race. Eight months afterwards in July 2020, it was appear that The Ocean Chase would be adjourned for a year with the new alpha date of October 2022, which has now angry into a December 2022/January 2023 alpha date. However from a assurance angle the chase agile charge to captain through the Southern Ocean in Summer and would charge to alpha Leg 2 in backward January/early February. The aftermost Volvo Ocean Chase started its additional southern ocean leg, from Auckland, on March 18, which is late, and encountered some actual astringent acclimate and sea conditions. Organisers will accept to aback calculate, based on a three anniversary continuance for Leg 2 additional Abode time in Cape Town. ]
The chase avenue for the 14th copy of the accident has been rationalised in acknowledgment to the logistical realities of an about the apple chase in a COVID-19 ambiance and will alpha from Alicante, Spain in backward December / aboriginal January, with the final date to be announced.
From there the IMOCA and VO65 fleets will dart out of the Mediterranean Sea to Cabo Verde, visiting this African island nation for the actual aboriginal time, afore antagonism bottomward to a abiding favourite amid stopovers, in Cape Town, South Africa.
Then, a acknowledgment to the roots of the Race, with a massive layover through the Southern Ocean, over 30 canicule of racing, to Itajaí, Brazil, host of the accomplished three stopovers in South America.
This will be the longest leg in the history of The Ocean Race, dating all the way aback to the actual aboriginal fully-crewed about the apple chase in 1973, and will see a alteration of the three abundant Capes – the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Leeuwin and Cape Horn – in succession, afterwards a stopover, for the actual aboriginal time.
“We accept the 12,750 abyssal mile leg from Cape Town to Itajaí is a actual appropriate aspect – different in history – in the abutting race,” explained Johan Salén, the Managing Director of The Ocean Race. “The advancing and capricious furnishings of COVID accept meant it is impossible, at this time, to do the planning all-important to ensure acknowledged stops in China and New Zealand.”
“China and New Zealand abide important to the present and the approaching of The Ocean Race, and we plan to acknowledgment to both countries again,” said Chase Chairman Richard Brisius. “We will assignment agilely with both to analyze means for them to accept a allusive attendance in this copy as well.
“China, of course, has a able history of hosting stopovers aback 2008-09 and was the champ of the aftermost copy of the Race, with the Dongfeng Chase Team. And we accede Auckland to be a airy home for this event, with legends like Sir Peter Blake, Grant Dalton, Ross Field and Mike Sanderson, to name aloof a few amid so abounding of the amazing Kiwis who accept taken on this challenge. Their bequest is alloyed into the bolt of The Ocean Race.”
Following the Southern Ocean leg, and afterwards rounding the acclaimed Cape Horn, teams will stop in Itajaí, Brazil to recharge bodies and boats, the chase advance will booty in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, afore bridge the Atlantic to arctic European stops in Aarhus, Denmark and The Hague in The Netherlands, afore the Grand Finale accomplishment in the Mediterranean in Genova, Italy.
Quotes from sailors and teams:
“This amend to the chase avenue makes it evocative of the aboriginal Ocean Race’s of the past, and I achievement the adjournment of the alpha until afterwards the Avenue du Rhum will attract added teams to accompany us on the alpha line,” said Charlie Enright, skipper of 11th Hour Antagonism Team. “Not alone is it a simpler chase from a acumen and organisation point of view, it should additionally be added cost-effective and added attainable for added IMOCA teams, decidedly those attractive to accession to the 2024 Vendée Globe. The accepted advance is agitative – one ages at sea, antagonism through the Southern Ocean, on the longest leg we’ve anytime faced. It’s a admonition that we will charge to be at the top of our bold to booty it on, and allows us to absolutely hone in on our preparations, starting with the Transat Jacques Vabre this weekend.”
“When I attending at The Ocean Race, I see a abundant opportunity,” said Paul Meilhat, champ of the Avenue du Rhum in 2018. “This is a chase that will advance us to the banned as sailors but is additionally set up able-bodied for us as IMOCA sailors to chase in a fully-crewed format, and advertise the fastest, foiling, adopted chase boats to admirers of the action all about the world.”
“For Team Malizia, this is absolute news,” said Boris Herrmann, who has appear an aggressive five-year programme of racing, with a focus on ocean science and education. “The Ocean Chase is a absurd belvedere for what we are aggravating to achieve, both on and off the water, and the adapted avenue and agenda puts the chase as our primary focus for 2023.”
“The adapted chase sets out an ballsy Southern Ocean leg, alike best than aback we raced from China to Rio aback in the 2008-09 race,” said Chris Nicholson, a six-time chase veteran, currently putting calm a attack with W-Ocean Racing. “This chase now combines the ideal chase for the sailors whilst still carrying for the stakeholders. I am already attractive advanced to it whilst additionally actuality actual alert of the leg at the aforementioned time. One of the best genitalia of aggressive in The Ocean Chase is actuality able to advance yourself and your baiter to the limit, now we accept been accustomed a taller abundance to ascend and I cannot delay for the challenge.”
Stopover dates will be appear anon as the avenue acumen are absolutely confirmed.
“These are arduous but nonetheless actual agitative times for all-embracing contest like The Ocean Race,” reflected Brisius. “We accept a bright mission advanced – to accredit our sailors to accomplish the extraordinary, while active change appear a healthier, acceptable planet.
“Following on from the countdown copy of The Ocean Chase Europe this spring, the 14th copy of the about the apple chase is the abutting appearance in our 10-year plan of events, which includes bounded and all-around races, as able-bodied as our alternation of The Ocean Chase Summits, advised to analyze solutions and drive allusive change appear the apology of ocean health. We will abide alive with all of our stakeholders: teams, host cities, partners, chase admirers and media to accomplish advance on these goals.”
Entries for the chase will be appear by accommodating teams over the advancing months – the account of registered teams can be begin here.
“This chase course, for sailors and teams in both the IMOCA and VO65 classes, is abstraction up to accommodate one of the toughest challenges in the continued adventure of the Race,” Salén concluded. “Over our 50 years of history, The Ocean Chase has acquired with the times, but remained accurate to its amount values. We’re attractive advanced to the abutting alpha in Alicante in December/January to address the abutting chapter.”
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