OGR NEWS – A return to corinthian ocean racing – 22 yachts representing 14 Countries line up for the 2023 OGR

#OGR2023 At the UK Yachting Journalist Association Yachtsman of the year awards dinner Southampton… Clive Ponsford (pilot who flew Barry Pickthall to photograph the start of many of the Whitbread/Volvo Race starts in the UK) Sir Chay Blyth, (skipper of the elapsed time winning yacht Great Britain II in the first Whitbread Race, and now Patron of the Ocean Globe Race) Aida Valceanu ( PR & Events OGR) Don McIntyre (founder of the OGR) Barry Pickthall veteran journalist who covered all the Whitbread/Volvo Races, and Ambassador of the OGR) Laurel Holland (Nee Alan-Williams who raced with Dame Naomi James in the 2-handed transAtlantic Race) David Alan-Williams (Whitbread veteran on Burton Cutter in first race and designer/crewman aboard FCF Challenger in the 1985/6 Whitbread Race, designer Steinlager 1 winner 1988 Around Aust. Race.Front Row: Sheila Westbrook (wife of Barry Pickthall and keen follower of the GGR); Tapio Lengtinen (Whitbread veteran on Skopbank of Finland in 1981/2 Race, 5th placed finisher in the 2018 GGR, and skipper of the Swan 55 Galiana in the 2023 OGR, Isabelle Andrieu, from the Swan 65 Translated, entered in the 2023 OGR….A fantastic night with all awards of the event won by women sailors!

A return to corinthian ocean racing – 22 yachts representing 14 Countries line up for the 2023 Ocean Globe Race, marking the 50th anniversary of the first Whitbread Round the World Race


DATE: September 10, 2021 – Southampton Boat Show, UK

Only two more years until the start of the Ocean Globe Race and the return of amateur ocean racing, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1973/1974 Whitbread Round the World Race .

Sir Chay Blyth, who skippered the British maxi yacht Great Britain II to elapsed time victory in that pioneering event, has agreed to become the OGR Patron and will fire the starting canon on the 10th September 2023 for a fleet that currently stands at 22 yachts representing 14 Countries.

Sir Chay Blyth with OGR ambassador Barry Pickthall on Southampton OGR2023 Press Conference Stage Pic @ Rob Havill
Team Spirit of Adelaide
Where will the race start from? Don McIntyre , Founding Chairman of OGR: “ It would be fantastic to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Whitbread with a departure and arrival in the UK, but there is strong competition from European ports to host one of the main world sailing events of 2023 and 2024. Other ports are also candidates to host stopovers in South Africa, Australia and South America, and share the international media exposure of the race . ”

The announcement of the final route is expected early next year.

The first three Whitbreads started and ended in Portsmouth before moving to Southampton in 1985. The stopovers were Cape Town, Sydney, Fremantle, Auckland, Rio de Janeiro, Mar del Plata, Punta del Este, Sao Sebastio as well as on one occasion Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore and La Rochelle.

Sir Chay Blyth, veteran of the 1973/1974 and 1981/1982 editions, welcomes the return of amateur races around the world: “After the first Whitbread, these races became more professional to end up with expensive and sophisticated yachts requiring disproportionate levels of sponsorship. This has contributed to the exclusion of amateur teams against which I have always been against. Today, the Ocean Globe Race is a return to the golden age of ocean racing, and encourages participants to enter production or historic Whitbread yachts, giving amateur sailors the opportunity to take on one of the world’s greatest challenges. I know hundreds of people who would jump at the chance to go around the world via Cape Horn. For many of them, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity, now it is time to seize it with both hands! ”

Notice of race

The updated notice of race published today now authorizes:

  • The use of autopilots and speed governors in safe situations, with the possibility of applying a time penalty, if performance was maintained or improved.
  • The teams are now authorized to broadcast a 3-minute video ….
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Tapio Lehtinen, the Finnish skipper of the Swan 55 Galiana and veteran of the Whitbread 1981/82 aboard the Baltic 55 Skopbank of Finland
Frenchman Dominique Dubois with his Swan 651 Futuro Team
“We invite all those who dream of sailing to consider joining us. Anyone can apply for the opportunity to join our training sessions and potentially take part in the OGR223 as part of the Translated team ”. Isabelle Andrieu, Co-founder & Chairwoman at Translated , said at the Ocean Globe Race Press Conference in Southampton. Photo @ Aïda Valceanu