The Ocean Globe Race - which is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread Round the World Race - will start from Southampton in September
The Ocean Globe Race 2023 will begin from Southampton – the start port of the 1989-1990 Whitbread Round the World Race.
Starting on 10 September 2023, the Ocean Globe Race is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic race, and will see 160 sailors competing onboard 15 yachts, including Tracy Edwards’s Maiden.
Teams can race on ocean-going GRP production yachts designed before 1988. Modern equipment, like GPS, electric autopilots, carbon fibre and other high-tech materials and all computers are banned.
Instead, crews will have to navigate using only a sextant, and use non-interfaced basic electronic sailing instruments, stand-alone paper print HF Radio weather fax and basic non-GPS radar Marine HF SSB radio.
The founder of the Ocean Globe Race, Don McIntyre, said: “When I conceived this event as a 50th anniversary celebration of the original 1973 Whitbread Race, I desperately wanted a start in the UK as this is where it all began.
“Now, in September, the UK public and sailors everywhere will be able to celebrate an important part of their maritime culture as 15 yachts set sail to re-create that first ever fully crewed race around the world.”
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There are three classes on the Ocean Globe Race. The Adventure Class (47ft-56ft) is limited to 12 places, with a minimum crew of seven.
Yachts are limited to the Swan 46, 47, 48, 51, 53 and 55.
There are eight places in the Sayula Class (56.1ft-66ft), with a minimum of eight crew. Approved yachts are the Swan 57, 59, 61, 65, and 651.
The Swan 65 Ketch, Evrika, which was previously owned by Pink Floyd’s Rick Wright, is one of the entries.
The Flyer Class is limited to eight places for yachts previously entered in the 1973, 1977 or 1981 Whitbread, or ‘relevant’ historic significance and ‘approved’ production-built, ocean-certified, sail-training yachts generally 55ft to 68ft LOA.
Entries include Marie Tabarly aboard Pen Duick VI, and Tracy Edwards’s Maiden.
The Nicholson 55, Baltic 51, Baltic 55, Baltic 64, Oyster 48 and Grand Soleil 52 have also been approved to compete in the Ocean Globe Race.
The 27,000-mile Ocean Globe Race will have four legs, The route will take in the Southern Ocean and the three Great Capes, with stopovers in Cape Town, Auckland and Punta Del Este in Uruguay, before finishing in Southampton in April 2024.
Each team must have a Yachtmaster Ocean, a Yachtmaster, one woman and one crew under 24 years of age on each leg.
The Race Village at MDL Ocean Village Marina will open on the 26 August 2023, two weeks prior to the start of the race on 10 September.
During the run up to the start, the Race Village will host speakers, pre-race activities, past race screenings, hospitality and entertainment as well as the media centre and sailors’ briefing area.
*This article has been amended. The first four editions – including the 1973 Whitbread Race – began and finished in Portsmouth
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