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Cape Town retains historic hosting ties with The Ocean Race

Yachts at the start during the Start of Leg 3 of the Volvo Ocean Race from Cape Town to Melbourne (Photo by Peter Heeger/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Ocean Race has confirmed that the sailing event will return to Cape Town for the 12th time after the South African city was announced as a host destination for the 2021-22 edition.

Cape Town hosted a leg of the inaugural race in 1973 and has since been involved in all but two editions of the event. No other city has hosted an Ocean Race leg on more occasions than Cape Town and the 2021-22 edition will mark the eighth consecutive stopover in the city.

The fleet will once again be hosted in the V&A Waterfront area of the city, under the shadow of Table Mountain. WorldSport South Africa will work with the V&A and the City of Cape Town as a delivery partner for the leg.

Johan Salen, managing director of The Ocean Race, said: “This is a very welcome announcement to make. Our fans, our teams and sailors and all of our stakeholders always rate the Cape Town stopover as among their favourites.

“Cape Town has such a strong history in The Ocean Race and as the jumping off point for the Southern Ocean it is an ideal spot to prepare and take stock before heading into the challenging legs in the south that are at the heart of the race.”

Cape Town joins Cabo Verde as one of two African stops confirmed for the 2021-22 Ocean Race, which is scheduled to start in Alicante, Spain and finish in Genoa, Italy. Other stops have been confirmed in Itajaí, Brazil; Aarhus, Denmark; and The Hague in the Netherlands. The full route will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The announcement comes after the next two editions of The Ocean Race were last month endorsed with Special Event status by World Sailing. The designation grants the race formal recognition from the sport’s global governing body and means that it must adhere to World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 regulations.