There is happy news for all the fans and the sailors of the Volvo Ocean Race.
This popular event will switch from a three-year cycle to a two-year cycle. This means that the Volvo Ocean Race will be held every two years. After the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is over, the change will be implemented.
This change will bring in more commercial value to this professional sport and will also offer better continuity. The host cities, sponsors and the sailing teams are happy with this new change. With this change, there will be some kind of race activity every year. This is a very god chance for the fans to watch their iconic sailor’s race around the world.
The professional sailors will also enjoy this new move as they get more employment. There will be a better return on investment for the stakeholders and hence this decision to hold Volvo Ocean Race every 2nd year will be taken well by all concerned.
The forthcoming 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race will start from Alicante in October 22nd this year and will finish in the Hague in The Netherlands in June 2018. After this edition, the next edition will be held in the year 2019-20 which will be followed by 2021-22 and 2023-24. Those willing to be the host cities for these three editions can now submit their tenders. The Sports Consultancy will be working on with the host city partnerships as before. The organizers are looking for more new host cities to come out because of the new cycle.
The Race CEO, Mark Turner, said that the shorter cycle of the race means that each edition can get shortened from the current 8 to 9 months. They are looking to strengthen the core DNA and also looking to safeguard the heritage of the race.