The Portugal Ocean Race at a glance
The Race - Building on the success of the inaugural Class 40 around-the-world race, the Portimao Global Ocean Race, the Portugal Ocean Race will start and finish in Portimao but will include all of Portugal, and the world.
The Course - The Portugal Ocean Race will sail a traditional course consisting of four legs starting in Portimao, Portugal and taking in three of the world’s great sailing cities; Cape Town, South Africa, Auckland, New Zealand and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Boats - The Portugal Ocean Race will be sailed in Category 0 Class 40 sailboats.
Syndicate Teams - Competitors will be able to sail with up to four people on board for each leg. The crewmembers will be drawn from a syndicate maximum of six people.
Qualifying voyages - All crewmembers will be required to sail a qualifying voyage. The designated skipper for each leg will be required to sail a more extensive qualifying voyage than the rest of the team.
Scoring - the Portugal Ocean Race will be scored on points with points accumulated for each leg placing as well as positions at each of the leg scoring gates. The team with the most points wins. In the event of a tie the team with the shortest elapsed time wins.
Entry Fee - There is a €15,000 entry fee per team. This pool of money will be set aside as a fund to be used at the discretion of the Race Organizers to help a team or sailor(s) that has met an unexpected situation that threatens their ability to finish the race.