Next ‘Volvo’ Race plan

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A pre­lim­i­nary No­tice of Race for what can best be de­scribed as The Race For­merly Known As the Volvo Ocean Race has been pub­lished, pro­vid­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for fe­male and youth sailors.

En­tries for the event, which is of­fi­cially us­ing the work­ing ti­tle Fully Crewed Around the World Race 2021-22, open on 11 De­cem­ber this year. As yet with­out an of­fi­cial ti­tle or spon­sor, the round the world race is sched­uled to start in Ali­cante in au­tumn 2021 and fin­ish in Europe in 2022. It will have nine legs.

There is no de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on stopovers as host port agree­ments are un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion, al­though the USA, South Amer­ica, Aus­tralia/new Zealand, Asia, and Europe have been broadly con­firmed.

There will be two classes: the IMOCA 60; and one-de­sign VO65. The IMOCA 60s com­pete for the over­all race tro­phy, while the VO65S race for the Youth Chal­lenge Tro­phy. Teams can en­ter a boat in each class. The IMOCA 60 must have been built since 2010, and have foils and a stan­dard IMOCA wing mast.

There are sev­eral crew per­mu­ta­tions. The 60s will be sailed by a crew of five sailors with at least one fe­male; or six, of which all at least four must be fe­male.

On the VO65S, of the ten sailors on board, at least seven need to be un­der 30 with at least three un­der 26 and at least three women. At least three also need to have sig­nif­i­cant Volvo Ocean Race or equiv­a­lent South­ern Ocean rac­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

The on board re­porter roles will stay, al­though they re­vert back to be­com­ing a mem­ber of the sail­ing team rather than the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The new race will fea­ture foil­ing IMOCA 60s like Banque Pop­u­laire

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