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The Competitors

Imagine standing in front of a fire hose, ice cold, relentless spray, sharp as nails, unable to feel your hands and feet, enduring relentless pounding as your boat scales and slams off roller coaster sized waves, watching for icebergs in the sheer, black, with only the breaking foam spraying off …

About The Race

The VELUX 5 OCEANS is an event with an amazing heritage and a big future. Single-handed, around the world’s oceans in thoroughbred racing yachts – the ultimate odyssey, the ultimate solo challenge. Its unique Grand Prix format gives the VELUX 5 OCEANS a truly global appeal, on and off the …

Roll of Honour

  BOC Challenge 1982 Newport Rhode Island – Cape Town – Sydney – Rio de Janeiro – Newport Rhode Island BOC Challenge 1982 CLASS 1 45 to 56 feet Philippe Jeantot Credit Agricole France 159 days Bertie Reed Altech Voortrekker South Africa 170 days Richard Broadhead Perseverance of Medina UK …

Race History

The VELUX 5 OCEANS was established as the first single-handed around the world race in 1982, and is run every four years. It was originally known as the BOC Challenge. Fewer people have achieved this goal than have climbed Mount Everest. It is not surprisingly referred to as one of …

The Boats

The IMOCA Open 60 IMOCA Open 60’s are one of the fastest classes of racing yacht – built in carbon fibre using the latest hi-tech structures, they are designed to be as light as possible (for speed) but strong enough to withstand the worst the seas can throw at them. …