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Seably is the Official Digital Training Partner of The Ocean Race

News|20 October 2022

Seably is proud to be the official digital training partner of The Ocean Race, sailing's greatest round-the-world challenge and toughest test for a team in sport.

The next and 14th edition of the extreme competition on the sea will start from Alicante, Spain, on 15 January 2023. During The Ocean Race 2022-23, there will be two dynamic classes of boats,  the VO65 and IMOCA, both which have the potential to race over 600 nautical miles (690.5 miles/ 1111.2 kilometres) in 24 hours.

VO65 Sailing Team Poland Seably Ocean Race

Photo Credit: Adam Burdylo/Sailing Poland/The Ocean Race - VO65

The VO65 is a 65-foot single hull carbon construction yacht that has been the class for The Ocean Race since 2014. It weighs more than 12,500kg and is raced by ten crew members at a top speed of 38 knots.¨

The IMOCA is a 60-foot carbon construction single hull yacht with foils to lift it above the water at speed. Previous race winner and skipper of Holcim - PRB, Kevin Escoffier, commented on his boat earlier this summer: "We have a strong, all-purpose boat, very easy to handle and I think it will be a fast boat when single-handing and in fully-crewed configuration for The Ocean Race."

The Ocean Race promotes diversity and all teams will feature at least one female sailor, with most crews comprised of a mix of the best sailors from around the world. German Olympic sailor and co-skipper of GUYOT Environnement - Team Europe, Robert Stanjek says: "Our philosophy is to bring different sailors with different backgrounds together and merge their skills to build a strong, overall unit and I think we proved it well in The Ocean Race Europe and we want to keep this team for The Ocean Race."

Photo Credit: Vincent Curutchet - IMOCA

Some numbers from the last edition of the Race in 2017-18:

  • Over 2.5 million people visited the Race Villages around the world.
  • Over 2000 participants and speakers attended seven worldwide Ocean Summits, focusing on sustainability themes and the dangers of plastic in the oceans.
  • The Ocean Race has helped the planet by avoiding the usage of 388,000 plastic bottles being used in the 12 stopovers.
  • Over 114,000 children from 40 countries have participated in the Learning Programme.
  • 30 scientific buoys collected data on ocean health and the climate, in which 93% of the ocean samples registered the presence of microplastic particles.

Andrea Lodolo, CEO of Seably, remarks, "I am very proud that Seably has become the official digital training partner of The Ocean Race. At Seably, we focus on building relationships with strategic partners we believe in, as does The Ocean Race. We also share the same values, innovative thinking, diversity, inclusion, courage and a sustainable global future."

Seably and The Ocean Race aim to unite and motivate people to accomplish the extraordinary and be a catalyst that drives change towards a healthier and sustainable planet.

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