Auckland excluded from next round the world sailing race


Peter Burling and Blair Tuke competed in the last Ocean Race, stepping onto the podium in their debut.


Peter Burling and Blair Tuke competed in the last Ocean Race, stepping onto the podium in their debut.

Auckland has been chosen as the stopover for the next round the world sailing race.

The development comes as Ocean Race organizers confirm a radical new course for the race which has been delayed for a year.

It is a second blow for Auckland with the loss of the organization of the defense of the next America’s Cup which will be held with Team New Zealand in search of foreign alternatives which will see the important yachting infrastructure of the downtown of the city remain inactive.

Only 25 minutes separated the first five boats as the Volvo Ocean Race fleet completed 21 days at sea from Hong Kong.

The controversial Ocean Race movement also sees Shenzhen in China scrapped as a new “super stop” from Cape Town in South Africa to Itajai in Brazil will mean 12,750 nautical miles nonstop transport across the Southern Ocean.

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According to initial plans for the race, which should have started last month, Auckland was to continue its strong presence in this glamorous race, hosting a stopover for the 12th time in the Odyssey’s 15 editions. Officials even called Auckland the breed’s “spiritual home”.

The postponement of the start to December 2022 in Alicante, Spain was blamed on the global Covid pandemic and race organizers used the same reason to abandon Auckland and Shenzen.

“The continued and unpredictable effects of Covid have made it impossible, at this time, to make the planning necessary to ensure successful stopovers in China and New Zealand,” said Johan Salen, Managing Director of The Ocean Race.

New Zealand sailor Bianca Cook is campaigning around the world.

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New Zealand sailor Bianca Cook is campaigning around the world.

This is a big blow to Bianca Cook’s Ocean Racing New Zealand campaign. They bought and refitted a VO65 class boat to be the country’s first participation in the famous race since Team New Zealand’s Camper finished second in the 2011-12 edition.

Having Auckland as a stopover was a real boost for its sponsors and its presence in the race. Organizers say they will look for ways to keep New Zealand and Chinese interests strong.

“China and New Zealand remain important to the present and future of The Ocean Race, and we plan to return to both countries,” said race president Richard Brisius.

“We will work diligently with both to explore ways for them to have a meaningful presence in this edition as well.

“China, of course, has a strong history of hosting stopovers since 2008-09 and was the winner of the last edition of the race, with the Dongfeng racing team.

“And we see Auckland as a spiritual home for this event, with legends like Sir Peter Blake, Grant Dalton, Ross Field and Mike Sanderson, to name a few of so many amazing Kiwis who have taken on this challenge. . Their heritage is woven into the fabric of The Ocean Race. “

The new route will see the fleet sprint from Alicante to Cabo Verde, visiting this African island nation for the very first time, before descending to Cape Town.

After transport from the Southern Ocean to Brazil, the next stop will be in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, before crossing the Atlantic to northern European stopovers in Aarhus, Denmark and The Hague in Netherlands, before the grand final in the Mediterranean in Genoa. , Italy.

Stopover dates will be announced as soon as the logistics of the itinerary are fully confirmed.

The next race will offer for the first time a foiling division of IMOCA class sailboats as well as the conventional monohulls that Cook will compete in.


Richard Brisis, president of the Volvo Ocean Race, talks about missing sailor John Fisher.

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