The Ocean Race making history, once again. The 14th edition of The Ocean Race set off from Alicante on Sunday with a record attendance of almost 140,000 spectators over the weekend. The spectacle at the Ocean Live Park (full programme of activities for all ages) on Sunday was historic: 72,500 spectators packed the facilities at the Alicante venue, setting a new attendance record for a single day in the five editions that the race has been staged in Alicante.
The start from Alicante offered spectacular weather with warm temperatures under sunny skies and now the sailors have some tough conditions ahead of them as they head down towards the Strait of Gibraltar. With a breeze of between ten and 17 knots, the 11 boats experienced a fast and furious start. The first was at 14:05h for the six VO65s where Pablo Arrarte's WindWisper Racing Team set the pace.
As we mentioned, this is the 14th edition of the iconic, fully crewed, round the world ocean race and it will be the first to feature the latest generation IMOCA boats, with foils and near-flyers.
There are five IMOCA class teams:
1. 11th Hour Racing Team (USA); skipper Charlie Enright.
Team Malizia (GER); skipper Boris Herrmann.
3. Team Holcim-PRB (SUI); skipper Kevin Escoffier.
4. GUYOT environnement-Team Europe (FRA/GER); skipper Benjamin Dutreux.
5. Biotherm Racing (FRA); skipper Paul Meilhat.
The second start, at around 16:05h, was for the five IMOCAs. The breeze was 12 knots and the impressive Biotherm Racing was already making its mark at the start. The good wind conditions allowed them to fly, which made the fans even happier.