May 16, 2022 8:09 am

One year after the release of the first The Ocean Race




The Regional Minister of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society, Carolina Pascual, has presented the schedule for Alicante Port of Departure for the Sailing Tour of the World that will take place on January 15, 2023 from Alicante and that will represent an economic, technological and social for the entire Valencian Community.

For the fifth time, Alicante becomes the headquarters and port of departure for The Ocean Race, the nautical challenge and the largest sporting event in the Valencian Community, and this edition will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The programming of Alicante Port of Departure of the Round the World Sailing will take place from January 7 to 15, 2023 in Alicante, culminating on Sunday, January 15 with the start of the regatta.

During the days prior to departure, a RaceVillage will be designed in the Port of Alicante with spaces for new technologies, with demonstration projects, gaming and new digital challenges. Activities aimed at introducing schoolchildren to water sports are also proposed, thereby achieving a greater openness of the city at their own expense.

Minister Carolina Pascual has highlighted “The Generalitat’s interest in involving all local sectors in the development of innovative, participatory activities for all audiences, which generate positive effects in all economic sectors of the city. One of the novelties this year is that we involve all economic sectors in the event and the expansion of the RaceVillage towards the city with the aim of amplifying the positive effects of this event”.

The last edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, held in Alicante in 2017-18, generated the equivalent of 1,270 jobs and contributed 68.6 million euros to the Gross Domestic Product of the Community.

In addition to economic data, the OceanRace promotes such essential values ​​in society as caring for the environment, rejecting the use of non-reusable plastics, solidarity and participation.

Minister Carolina Pascual has emphasized the innovative, sustainable and technological nature of these actions and the commitment of the Generalitat Valenciana with the economic recovery that the event represents for Alicante.

He also highlighted that the departure of the Sailing Around the World from the Port of Alicante has been declared by the Council of Ministers as “event of exceptional public interest”, at the request of the president of the Generalitat Valenciana, which will allow the companies collaborating with The Ocean Race to have tax exemptions, under the conditions established in the brand manual approved by the inter-administrative consortium that regulates the tax operations of the event.

Race Village of the Generalitat Valenciana

From the Generalitat Valenciana, through the Ministry of Innovation and the Thematic Projects Society of the Valencian Community, it is intended to give greater impetus to technological and innovation actions in the RaceVillage. In the same way, due to the determination of the departure dates set by The Ocean Race for January 15, it is proposed that this seasonality serve to prolong the tourist seasonality of the Christmas season and thereby contribute to supporting and improving all the economic sectors of the city in the current state of post-pandemic economic recovery.

For this reason, the following main activities will be carried out as the axis of the actions of the Race Village to be held from January 7 to 15, 2023 in the Port of Alicante and the city:

•Design of a Race Village with spaces for new technologies, with educational demonstration projects, gaming and new digital challenges.

•Combine actions in the Race Village with other actions in different points and spaces of the city and even other towns in the province to structure the activities and involve the entire city in the planned programming, especially with actions designed for local commerce, the restaurants and hotels (gastronomic itineraries), sports and cultural spaces.

•Tourist information point and promotion of places of interest in the Valencian Community for visitors.

•Extension of training activities and derived from different nautical activities, with the aim of opening up more to our Mediterranean coast.

•Achieve a greater participation of the nautical clubs and the Valencian Sailing Federation with complementary activities in the event.

•Activities for all audiences and for all ages, in a wide morning and afternoon schedule that combines a plural and attractive program that involves the participation of its visitors.

•Strengthen the school program.

•Promote the volunteer program.

•Promote and develop an environmental sustainability program in the Race Village.

•Participation in the celebration of The Ocean Race Summits and international summits on sustainability and innovation in the months prior to the start of the regatta.

Sustainability, innovation and gastronomy

For his part, the general director of the Thematic Projects Society of the Valencian Community, Antonio Rodes, stressed that the elements that will define this call will be sustainability, innovation, gastronomy and the activation of the city through activities for all the publics. It has also announced that the first tender package has already been published to create an operational structure of personnel specialized in the design of the event and its contents.

The activities are aimed at all types of audiences and ages, both in the contents of the Race Village and in the nautical actions.

Antonio Rodes has recalled that the event will continue in 4 years, reaffirming the commitment of the Generalitat Valenciana with one of the events of greatest international relevance and great return for the host cities.


The Ocean Race 2022-23 will visit nine international cities over a period of six months covering 32,000 nautical miles with stops in Alicante, Cape Verde, Cape Town, Itajaí, Newport, Aarhus, Kiel, The Hague and Genoa, being the first time that the regatta begins and ends in the Mediterranean. The route calls for the first time in places like Cape Verde, and includes a fly-by in Kiel (Germany).

The president of The Ocean Race, Richard Brisius, has highlighted that the “The leg from Cape Town to Itajaí will be the longest and toughest in the 50-year history of the regatta; the teams will face Antarctica with cold and harsh conditions, in about 35 days without stopping sailing”.

Brisius has also expressed his full confidence that “The beginning of the fifth departure of The Ocean Race from Alicante, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the regatta, will be a success as we work together for all the citizens of the Community and beyond”.

The Ocean Race also offers a science program to help create a healthier planet and oceans; To do this, the crews take samples from remote places, as well as an educational program that reaches thousands of boys and girls in 11 languages, and whose objective is to improve knowledge about the ocean.

During the last three editions of the Volvo Ocean Race, the RaceVillage of the Generalitat has increased the number of visits considerably, standing at an increase of 17.6%

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