Portimão Global Ocean Race rides again

Race Director Josh Hall announces next race to take place in 2011-12

Thursday June 18th 2009, Author: Ollie Dewar, Location: United Kingdom
With the successful conclusion of the inaugural 2008-09 Portimão Global Ocean Race in Portugal imminent, the Race Director, Josh Hall, has released details of the next edition of the event.

Scheduled to start in September 2011, the Global Ocean Race will follow the same route raced by the yachts competing in the 2008-09 event and will start from a European port. In close affiliation with Class 40 Association and following the successful circumnavigation of three Class 40s, it has been decided to make the race exclusively for Category 0, Class 40 yachts, split into two divisions: single-handed and double-handed.

Currently, Hall is in close negotiation with the City of Portimão as well as other ports with a North Atlantic coastline and the decision of which city will act as start and finish port will soon be finalised. Having built a strong, enthusiastic and committed relationship with the stop over ports of Cape Town, South Africa; Wellington, New Zealand; Ilhabela, Brazil and Charleston, South Carolina, the same route will be taken in the 2011-2012 edition of the race and will further boost the growing interest in Class 40 that has become a feature of the event’s stop over ports. Following the established route will also introduce leg and distance records to the event.

Entry enquiries for the next edition of the Global Ocean Race have been highly encouraging, increasing exponentially with each country visited by the event and as media and spectator involvement flourished. Both professional and amateur yachtsmen have recognised that the race and its format are affordable, yet provide demanding and intensely competitive round–the-world racing. To increase the appeal of the race, each double-handed boat is allowed a maximum of six crew, permitting teams the option of alternating crew at each stop over throughout the circumnavigation. This places access to a competitive round-the-world race firmly in the domain of keen Club Racers as well as sponsored professionals.

With numerous high-profile solo skippers moving into the Class 40 scene (Giovanni Soldini and Bernard Stamm being just two examples) the next Global Ocean Race represents an opportunity for keen amateurs to pit their skills against some of the best on equal terms.

As a multiple solo circumnavigator and a manager of numerous, high-profile, round-the-world racing campaigns, Hall is uniquely qualified to co-ordinate the event and offer advice and assistance to potential entrants. The Race Organisation will also provide entrants with expert insight into seeking corporate sponsorship, communications, media skills and buying an existing Class 40 or offer guidance for building a new boat.

The fleet size for the 2011-12 Race is capped at 25 entries on a first come, first served basis. Adrian Kuttel from Cape Town, South Africa is the first signed up entry for the event. To secure your place on the start line contact Josh Hall or Oliver Dewar.

A complete NOR (Notice of Race) will be published in July. For further details, visit www.portimaorace.com or contact the Race Director, Josh Hall, or the event’s Media Manager, Oliver Dewar.

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