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The Ocean Race and 11th Hour Racing

Another global ocean race is about to come to life on the race trackers. The Ocean Race will start next Sunday, January 15. There are five IMOCA 60s entered, including one American entry, 11th Hour Racing, with highly regarded Bay Area sailor Bill Erkelens on the team as chief operating officer. The event is the evolution of the original Whitbread Round the World Race, which became the Volvo Ocean Race, and is now The Ocean Race. The fully crewed IMOCA 60s will visit nine cities during the six-month, 32,000 mile, round-the-world race.

The Ocean Race IMOCA 60s 11th Hour Racing
On January 8 the IMOCA fleet sailed the In-Port race in Alicante, Spain.
© 2023 © Sailing Energy / The Ocean Race

Though the circumnavigation starts next Sunday, the event started yesterday, Sunday, January 8, with an in-port race in Alicante, Spain.

Results and points
1. Team Malizia, 5 points
2. 11th Hour Racing Team, 4 points
3. Biotherm, 3 points
4. GUYOT environnement – Team Europe, 2 points
5. Holcim-PRB – did not finish, 0 points

You can read the in-port race report here.

Bill Erkelens
Bay Area sailor Bill Erkelens, who took second in the 2022 Pacific Cup with his wife Melinda aboard their Moore 24 Foamy, is chief operating officer for 11th Hour Racing’s campaign.
© 2023 11th Hour Racing

11th Hour Racing is backed by Wendy Schmidt’s 11th Hour Racing project, which was founded with the goal of restoring the balance between people and the planet. Stay tuned for the start of The Ocean Race next Sunday.


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