The Ocean Race is the successor of the Volvo Ocean Race, the epic around the world regatta for yachts.

The 2023 race featured two types of boats, the innovative IMOCA's and the battle-proven VO65's.

The big new feature of the 60-foot IMOCA class was the use of hydrofoils, that can lift the boat partially above water and dramatically increase speed.
The crew (4 sailors and one onboard reporter) had to hunker down in a cockpit to protect them from being swapped overboard. Steering these beasts is pretty complex and is mostly done by autopilot.
Conditions on board were basic, noisy and bumpy, but still sailors lined-up for this F1 of sailing.

5 IMOCA's competed in 7 legs around the world, starting in Alicante, Spain in January 2023, and finishing in Genova, Italy in June 2023.
Leg number 3 covered a record 24.000 km of non-stop sailing from Cape Town, through the rough and desolated seas of the Southern Ocean to Cape Horn and then up to Itajai, Brazil. Here was time for much needed repairs.

Originally the VO65 were slated for the full Ocean Race, but lack of sponsors forced the organization to change the plan and create the Ocean Race VO65 Sprint, a new competition for 6 boats that covered only legs 1, 6 and 7, including the in-port races.

In the end it was 11th Hour Racing that won the IMOCA race, thanks to the 4 points awarded by the International Jury after GYOT impaled 11th Hour at the start of leg 7.

WindWhisper convincingly won the VO65 Sprint Cup .



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start Alicante
the Ocean Race 2023
video leg 1
video leg 2
video leg 3
video leg 4
video leg 5
video leg 6
video leg 7
start the Hague
video VO65 Sprint Race