The competition started on Saturday May 29. International ocean racing teams from around the world departed from Lorient, France for the first edition of The Ocean Race Europe.
This new European multi-stage race attracted the attention of top-tier teams. 12 teams from 9 different countries compete in this edition. There are two classes of high-performance ocean racing yachts: the 65-foot VO65 and the 60-foot IMOCA 60. Both reach high speeds and, given the right conditions, can cover 600 nautical miles in 24 hours.
The Ocean Race Europe is part of the IMOCA Globe Series which runs from 2021 through to the 2024-25 Vendée Globe. This inaugural edition leads off a ten-year calendar of racing activities in which sailing teams will be pushing their limits to raise with victory.