Viva Majorca

Start/finish port announced for Global Ocean Race

Saturday July 31st 2010, Author: Ollie Dewar, Location: Spain

The organisers of the Global Ocean Race 2011-12 have great pleasure in announcing they have contracted with the Spanish island of Mallorca to host the start and finish of their round the world race. Mallorca will provide a stunning backdrop for the start and finish of this double-handed, round the world race: an event that is on target to attract 20 entries from over 11 nations.

The course for the GOR is now confirmed as: Mallorca – Cape Town (RSA) – Wellington (NZ) – Punta del Este (URY) – Charleston (USA) – Mallorca.


With support from Governmental bodies and corporate partners, the build-up to the start and finish periods of the GOR are planned to be spectacular in this international, dynamic, stylish and cosmopolitan venue. Further details will be announced at a press conference to be held in the coming months.

Mallorca is renowned for hosting premium yacht racing events including the Copa del Rey, the Palma Velas as well as the Superyacht Cup and is capable of providing everything an around the world race could wish for: extensive and high-quality marine services, fantastic sailing conditions, stunning scenery, a rich maritime history and a vibrant onshore scene all combine to provide skippers, sponsors and spectators with an exceptional venue. Starting and finishing the GOR in Mallorca will also present competitors with the challenge of two passages through the Gibraltar Straits on Leg 1 and Leg 5, adding a fifth ocean and multiple tactical decisions to the race course, guaranteeing compelling viewing as the event unfolds.

For Race Director of the GOR, Josh Hall, formalising the event’s start/finish port is a milestone: “We are thrilled to announce Mallorca as the new home for the GOR,” says Hall. “Quite simply, Mallorca works at every level for our competitors, for the race and boat sponsors and for friends, families and race fans – it is a truly spectacular venue!” enthuses the Race Director. “Together, we shall proudly be promoting this beautiful island to a global audience for the next two years and the event will fully embrace Mallorca’s residents of all ages through imaginative access to the boats and the competitors.”

Due to the busy calendar of existing yachting events in Mallorca, the Race Organisation has agreed to move the start date of the GOR to 1400hrs local time on Sunday 25th September 2011. Consequently, the revised schedule for the GOR is as follows:

Leg 1 Mallorca to Cape Town - 25 September 2011
Leg 2 Cape Town to Wellington - 27 November 2011
Leg 3 Wellington to Punta del Este - 29 January 2012
Leg 4 Punta del Este to Charleston - 1 April 2012
Leg 5 Charleston to Mallorca - 20 May 2012

Predicted finish in Mallorca - 10 June 2012

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