2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race Breaks Numerous Records
Thursday, November 29, 2018
After 126 days of racing, the winning margin was just 16 minutes, the closest race in history, while over $2.5 million fans attended the four race stopovers including Newport.
“When we look back at what was achieved in this last race, the bar has been set at a very high level. The teams and sailors delivered incredible performances on the water, which led to compelling sport and storytelling,” said Richard Brisius, who took over ownership following the competition.
The 2017-18 race started in Alicante, Spain in October of 2017 and finished in The Hague in the Netherlands in June of 2018.
Newport hosted the only North American stopover of the race for the second consecutive time and, as with the first stopover in 2015.
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The Newport stopover used a total of 885 volunteers over a two week period.
The race was won by Dongfeng Race Team, who edged Team MAPFRE by just minutes.
It was the first ever win for a Chinese team.
2021-22 Race to be Announced
The 2021-22 edition of the race will start from Alicante, Spain in the autumn of 2021 and finish in Europe in the early summer of 2022, with up to nine stopover ports.
The full race route will be confirmed in the summer of next year.
Two classes of boats will compete in the next race, the high-tech, foiling, IMOCA 60s and the one-design VO65s that produced such close racing in the last edition of the race.
“The interest from sailors and teams to compete in the next race is very high. Adding the IMOCA 60 class to the existing VO65 fleet brings back a design and technology element, which has traditionally been a big part of the race. It adds another layer of complexity to the project, which is interesting for the sailors, designers, and engineers, and ultimately for the fans as well,” said co-owner Johan Salen.
Salen added that a Notice of Race will be issued next month.
See Photos from Newport in the Slideshow Below
- Leg 6 of 2018 Volvo Ocean Race Kicks Off
- Volvo Ocean Race Team Discovers Abandoned Ship in Pacific Ocean During Leg 6
- Volvo Ocean Race Generates Nearly 100 Million Euros in Spain
- China’s Sun Hung Kai/Scallywag Wins Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Man Falls Overboard During Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Spain’s Team MAPFRE Takes Leg 3 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Dongfeng, AkzoNobel Take Commanding Lead in Leg 4 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Vestas 11th Hour Racing Returns to Action in Leg 7 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Man Falls Overboard During Leg 7 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Three Teams Tied for 1st Heading Into Final Leg of Volvo Ocean Race
- Volvo Ocean Race Boats Begin Leg 9 to Cardiff, Wales
- Volvo Ocean Race Boats Set to Arrive in Newport Monday Night
- Vestas 11th Hour Racing Dimasted During Leg 7 of Volvo Ocean Race
- Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover to Contribute to Fight Against Plastic Littering
- Team Dongfeng Wins 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race