The Ocean Race: High expectations for Aarhus as a host city for The Ocean Race 2023


From 29 May – to 8 June 2023, Aarhus will be the first Danish city ever to host The Ocean Race – the world’s longest and toughest ocean race.

Preparations are in full swing with developing a comprehensive program that focuses on the sustainable solutions of the future, the problems of polluted oceans, and an ambitious learning program for primary and secondary schools. In addition, the expected 400,000 guests can look forward to a public festival in the area around the harbor of Aarhus, with a lot of fun and educational free activities for the entire family, and world-class sailing.

Last week, a large delegation from The Ocean Race’s international headquarters in Alicante visited the Danish organizing committee meeting among others The International Sailing Center, the rethought recycling station ReUse, and Worldperfect, which is sustainability operator at The Ocean Race Stopover Aarhus 2023.

A thrilled delegation from The Ocean Race:
“We are very impressed with the conditions in Aarhus and the city’s great history as a host of previous sailing events. The large harbor area is created to form a framework for world-class events, and the local support and anchoring are strong. We are convinced that this combination is a sure winner. We have high expectations for the first Danish Stopover in The Ocean Race’s iconic, 50-year history,” says Johnny Donnelly, Head of Events at The Ocean Race.

The words bring joy to the Danish organizing group:
“The Ocean Race Stopover Aarhus will be a mega event – the biggest in Aarhus in 2023. We are proud to confirm that Aarhus, as a sailing and event city, can do something exceptional, and that the expectations are high. The support from the sailing community, the great sense of community among the city’s many volunteers, and a fantastic harbor area are crucial. Together with Sailing Aarhus, Sport Event Denmark, and Trifork we will create a unique and inspiring experience for both participants, visiting guests, and the city’s citizens,” says Charlotte Kirk Elkjær, Stopover Director for The Ocean Race Aarhus 2023.

A long list of events
In recent decades, Aarhus has distinguished itself by hosting many international sailing events. In addition, the city can look back on the successful hosting of the World Championships for all Olympic boat classes in 2018, a so-called Fly-by during the latest edition of The Ocean Race in 2018, and the SailGP in 2021.

Before Aarhus docks at The Ocean Race in 2023, the city can look forward to hosting the European Championships in three Olympic boat classes. These championships will take place in July 2022.


In connection with the many significant international sailing events, Aarhus has worked closely with Sport Event Denmark, which is the national sporting event organisation that in close cooperation with host cities bids for and hosts major, international sporting events.


The Ocean Race’s delegation in Aarhus consisted of:
Johan Strid (Director, The Ocean Race Summits)
Johnny Donnelly (Head of Events)
Anna Goyne (Head of Host City & Logistics)
Meegan Jones (Sustainability Program Advisor)
Lucy Hunt (Summits & Learning Advisor)
Genevieve Bow (Summit Events & Commercial Partnerships)
Richardo Zampetti (Broadcast Multimedia Manager)
Patricia Sala (Public Affairs Manager)

Facts about The Ocean Race:
Since 1973, top athletes have sailed around the world in the race formerly known as the Whitbread Round the World Race and the Volvo Ocean Race.
Aarhus is the first Danish Stopover City in the history of the race.
Sailing Aarhus and Aarhus International Sailing Center are key partners in the project.
Among the public partners are Aarhus Municipality, Sport Event Denmark, and the Central Jutland Region.
The Aarhus-based IT company Trifork is the official Stopover Presenting Partner.
The Salling Foundations support the event.