Cabo Verde will host The Ocean Race in first ever West African stop
Cabo Verde will become in 2021-22 a new stop on the circuit as the next edition of The Ocean Race will visit a West African nation for the first time. Cabo Verde will become just the second African to host the Race and the first West African nation.
“It’s exciting to be able to introduce a new stop to the Race and engage with fans in a new and different part of the world compared to previous editions,” said Johan Salén, the Managing Director of The Ocean Race. “With its location, Cabo Verde has a strong maritime tradition and is also showing great interest and progress in sustainability initiatives which makes it a natural fit for The Ocean Race.”
The event will be hosted in the Port of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente.
“Cabo Verde is overjoyed in being chosen to host a stop in the 2021-22 edition of The Ocean Race and is deeply honoured to be the first-ever participant among the nations of West Africa,” said Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva. “We greatly look forward to welcoming the teams and their many fans to our islands.”
The Ocean Race fleet of VO65 and IMOCA 60 boats will be based out of Mindelo’s Porto Grande while in Cabo Verde, which is scheduled to be one of the shorter stops in the event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the very best of what Cabo Verde has to offer and is a great leap forward for our maritime economy,” added Jorge Pimenta Maurício, the President of ENAPOR. “We are excited to open our ports - and our hearts - to the world.”
Cabo Verde joins The Hague, Netherlands and Aarhus, Denmark as destinations that will host the event.