World Sailing gives Special Event status to the Ocean Race

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 18: Turn the Tide on Plastic and Team Brunel during the start of leg seven of the Volvo Ocean Race on March 18, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

The next two editions of The Ocean Race have been endorsed with Special Event status by World Sailing.

The round-the-world sailing contests set to take place in 2021-22 and 2025-26 have gained formal recognition from the sport’s global governing body, and in turn means that the Ocean Race must adhere to World Sailing’s ambitious Sustainability Agenda 2030 regulations. 

World Sailing Special Events must be organised in accordance with the ISO 20121 sustainable event management system, as part of the body’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and improving the well-being of marine life. 

The Ocean Race itself has long had a similar commitment to green initiatives, earlier this year confirming a sustainability-focused partnership with Swedish water company Bluewater.

The Ocean Race becomes the sixth Special Event on the World Sailing calendar, joining SailGP, the World Match Racing Tour, the PWA World Tour, the Star Sailors League and the Global Kitesports Association’s freestyle world tours.

“The Ocean Race has continuously inspired millions with its innovative approach to presenting sailing and telling some of the most compelling narratives in worldwide sport,” said Kim Andersen, World Sailing president. “We’re excited about working with The Ocean Race over the next seven years and showcasing the event to an expanding audience and inspiring millions more people to fall in love with sailing.”

Last year, the Ocean Race was sold to Atlant Ocean Racing Spain by its previous owners, Volvo Group and Volvo Cars. The contest had previously been known as the Volvo Ocean Race since 2001. 

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