The Volvo Ocean Race has confirmed it will switch from a three-year to a two-year cycle after the upcoming 2017/18 edition
Since the inception of The Volvo Ocean race in 1973, the race has stuck to a three-year cycle, the next scheduled edition after 2017/18 was initially set to take place in 2021/22 and will now kick off in 2019, followed by further races in 2021/22 and 2023/24.
There has also been several other changes to the race, including a greater number of stopover host cities around the world, and the use of two boats per team: a monohull for open-ocean racing and a catamaran for in-shore, stadium sailing-style events.
The 2017/18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race begins in Alicante, Spain on 22nd October and finishes in The Hague, in the Netherlands, in June next year.
Chief executive, Mark Turner said: "The shorter cycle means we could shorten each edition by a few months from the current 8-9 month format, but nonetheless go to more markets in total over each period of four years and two races
“At the same time we will strengthen the core DNA and heritage of the race – always being around the world, and always having the Southern Oceans around Antarctica at its heart.”