The following command round-the-world race, previously known as the Volvo Ocean Race starts in Alicante (Spain) in September/October 2021 and finish in may/June 2022-th (city not yet determined, but it will definitely be Europe).
Only now after the race has new owners – the Swedes Rikard Brisius and Johan Salen, – name, it will change. Usual Volvo Ocean Race will be no more. Fans will have to get used to a monstrous abbreviation FCAWR. Or if fully, Fully Crewed Around the World Race. It is hoped that the new owners will come up with something more digestible.
As you know, in the coming, pardon the expression, FCAWR for the first time will take part in two classes of ships – the familiar and the new VO65 for this race IMOCA 60. However, as it became known, to fight the members around the world will be different prizes depending on the class. Award for the best yacht VO65 will be a Youth Challenge Trophy, while for the IMOCA 60 – FCAWR Trophy.
Still not clear how – in accordance with the regulations – should be the size of the crews at IMOCA. Discussion on this issue is now in full swing and will continue for another two months – until the moment when the rules of the round the world race will be finally approved.