Dateline: Les Sables d´Olonne, Friday the 16th of April 2021
# Original Whitbread Crews and Yachts line up for the 50th Anniversary Race.
# 25 entrants from 17 countries already signed, 34 expected.
# Entries now CLOSED for Adventure Class, still open for SAYULA, FLYER and CLASSIC Challenge.
# Two Whitbread Maxis committed and Whitbread 60 crews are preparing.
It was in 1981 that 29 entrants set out on the third edition of the Whitbread Around the World Race, creating the current record as the biggest ever, fully crewed challenge. As the race evolved every four years, it became ever more professional and eventually, as the Volvo Race for elite sailors, the numbers dropped dramatically, averaging in the past 20 years, to only 7 starters.