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Aarhus to host Ocean Race leg in 2022

The Ocean Race has announced that Aarhus in Denmark will be a host city for the 2021-22 edition of the sailing event.

The race had a fly-by visit to Aarhus during the final leg of the 2017-18 race. The 2021-22 race will mark the first time a Danish city has hosted an official leg.

During the fly-by visit, the fleet raced into the inner harbour of Aarhus’ port and around a turning mark, with tens of thousands of fans in attendance. On the back of this, The Ocean Race said Aarhus was a “natural choice” when selecting its first Danish host city.

A date for Aarhus’ leg has not been confirmed but the event will be held during the spring of 2022. The announcement comes after Aarhus successfully hosted the Sailing World Championships in 2018.

The Ocean Race co-owner Richard Brisius said: “The Ocean Race has long had significant ties to Denmark, with sailors, race and team partners and sponsors and of course, the successful fly-by in the last race.

“We now have an opportunity to strengthen those bonds even further going forward. The passion of the people of Aarhus, combined with the city’s experience of organising international events, will create the perfect atmosphere for the best sailors in the world.”

Aarhus joins the start port of Alicante in Spain as confirmed host cities for the 2021-22 Ocean Race. More announcements on host cities are expected in the coming weeks.