Legends Race 2018
On 21 June 2018, and for the first time ever, a fleet of Legends boats will cross the official start line, just 45 minutes ahead of the racing fleet of Volvo Ocean 65s, to race from Gothenburg to The Hague. It’s history in the making and the Legens Race 2018 underscores that in the Volvo Ocean Race the past is, and will always be, part of the event’s future.
The stage for this historic race from Sweden to The Netherlands is steeped in ocean racing history. Both countries have each fielded winners of the world’s premier ocean race: Flyer in 1977-78 and 1981-82 plus ABN AMRO One in 2005-06 for The Netherlands, and EF Language 1997-98 and Ericsson 4 in 2008-09 for Sweden. Both nations are expecting to field entries to contest the race again.
”Racing round the world has been an enormous part of my life and I am very excited that a fleet of Legends boats will be here in Sweden, my home country. It’s going to be an event not to be missed and I will be there to cheer them on” – Swedish Volvo Ocean Race legend Roger Nilson
Following a departure ceremony in Gothenburg , the fleet will race approximately 460 nautical miles directly to the finish line in The Hague, where there will be a spectacular celebration upon arrival.
The boats will be open to the public both in Gothenburg and The Hague as well as being available for charter sailing before and after the race itself. There will be a parade of sail in both host cities, and the event will conclude with an official prizegiving in The Hague.
We will be updating this site when we have more news about the Legend’s Race and updates on the legendary yachts and crews that are going to participate. Below you can see which yachts that hav entered the Legends Race so far…
Legends Race 2018 Entries
In a series of features, we reveal some of the amazing stories from the past, stories from when boats were built by the crew, stories of survival, stories of victories and stories about Legends!