SPAIN’S Alicante confirmed as the final host city for the 2021 Ocean Race Europe
The organisers of The Ocean Race Europe have confirmed that the event will visit Alicante, with the Costa Blanca city confirmed as the fourth and final host city of the competition, which will take place during May and June this year. Alicante joins the start port of Lorient in France, Cascais, Portugal, and the host of the finish, Genova in Italy.
The Valencian Community has a long history with The Ocean Race, as Alicante is home to the regatta head office and museum and the port has been the start point of every race since 2008. This major international event draws sailors and spectators to the province every four years, and this year’s event should prove to be a huge boost to the local economy. The European event is a new addition to the Ocean Race calendar, open to VO65 monotypes and IMOCA 60 boats, according to Spanish daily El Periodic.
“We are delighted to bring The Ocean Race Europe to Alicante as it will allow fans of our port of departure to experience the flavour of the regattas before the round-the-world tour begins in October 2022,” explained Regatta Director Phil Lawrence.
“The headquarters offices in Alicante will be the epicentre of activity for both the management of The Ocean Race Europe regatta and the media operation, which adds to the fact that the city will be stopped on the route”, added Johan Salén, Managing Director of The Ocean Race.
The inaugural edition of The Ocean Race Europe in 2021 leads off a ten-year calendar of sailing activity. With the Alicante stage confirmed as the final piece of the course, the full schedule for The Ocean Race Europe, including the coastal regattas, will be released in the coming days.