THE OCEAN RACE

CREWED, 8 STOPOVERS, 45,000 MILES

AROUND THE WORLD

“As the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, The Ocean Race is sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympic Games and America’s Cup.”

Phil Sharp

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THE RACE: WHAT IT TAKES

The most challenging team event today

The race’s concept is simple: it’s a round-the-clock pursuit of competitive edge and the ultimate ocean marathon, pitting the sport’s best sailors against each other across the world’s toughest waters. It’s relentless: the importance of winning, the adventure of life on board, the transformative effect on the sailors — all of these combine to give the race its power and depth.

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WORLD FIRST

Zero reliance on fossil fuels

Still today no one has raced around the world with zero fossil fuels aboard. To achieve this goal we have developed a clean energy system based on solar capture and clean hydrogen power thanks to our award winning innovation, the Genevos Hydrogen Power Module.

“Racing over 45,000 miles through the world’s most technically challenging waters is without a doubt the ultimate test for any sports team.”

Phil Sharp

THE ROUTE

The race course routes across 45,000 miles passing through the most extreme and technically challenging oceans on Planet Earth. Starting off Alicante on the 14th of January 2023, the race touches 8 countries around the world, finishing in Genoa mid-2023.

The Ocean Race Route
Volvo Ocean Race

History

Originally named the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race, the event has been held every three or four years since 1973. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been a proving ground for the legends of our sport.

The Boat: IMOCA 60 & Volvo 65

In 2021 the 65 foot non-foiling monohull named the Volvo 65 was joined by the IMOCA 60 foiling yacht adding a design and technical focus. Now, with two races to follow in one, tracking has never been so engaging.

The 65 is crewed by a team of eight, whilst the foiling 60 has only a team of five, including a dedicated Onboard Reporter.

IMOCA60 Occitane
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Record Time

The last edition of the race was the closest in history, with three teams virtually tied, approaching the finish line. After 126 days of racing spread across 11 legs, the winning margin for Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team was only 16 minutes. The top three teams were separated by just four points.

The Ocean Race Route

THE ROUTE

The race course routes across 45,000 miles passing through the most extreme and technically challenging oceans on Planet Earth. Starting off Alicante in late 2022, the race touches 10 countries around the world, finishing in Genoa mid-2023.

Volvo Ocean Race

History

Originally named the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race, the event has been held every three or four years since 1973. Over four decades it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been a proving ground for the legends of our sport.

IMOCA60 Occitane

The Boat: IMOCA 60 & Volvo 65

In 2021 the 65 foot non-foiling monohull named the Volvo 65 was joined by the IMOCA 60 foiling yacht adding a design and technical focus. Now, with two races to follow in one, tracking has never been so engaging.

The 65 is crewed by a team of eight, whilst the foiling 60 has only a team of five, including a dedicated Onboard Reporter.

Dongfeng Race Team II_Credit Benoit Stichelbaut.jpg

Record Time

The last edition of the race was the closest in history, with three teams virtually tied, approaching the finish line. After 126 days of racing spread across 11 legs, the winning margin for Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team was only 16 minutes. The top three teams were separated by just four points.

“A long race like this is about preparation, agility, problem solving and consistency. Everyday poses a new challenge and it’s about maintaining a positive attitude, treating problems and setbacks as opportunities, whilst avoiding complacency and never giving up.” 

Phil Sharp

SUPPORT PHIL

THE GREEN SKIPPER

Join Phil’s campaign OceansLab – Race to Zero Emissions and support in a unique mission to race around the globe in the world’s first hydrogen race yacht.

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SUCCEEDING

Against all odds

Sharp’s reaction to the mainsail crisis, which would have undoubtedly aborted the race of lesser skipper, encapsulates his conduct throughout the entirety of the race: courageous, innovative, relentless.

The Telegraph

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MULTIPLE CHAMPION

Zero race retirements

His results to date have earned him a place in the premier league, one of the most respected sailors on the circuit as well as one of the kings of the Class 40. So for Sharp the next step is obvious: the Vendée Globe.

Seahorse Magazine

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RESULTS DRIVEN

The one you can count on

No matter what it takes to succeed he will be able to deliver. And it’s not just sheer will and talent, skills and preparedness that make the difference. Phil Sharp also airs this positivity and seemingly endless energy only true champions have. He is the one you can always count on.

Yacht Mag

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