With race documentary set to stream in USA on Max
The first American team to win The Ocean Race has been recognised as Team of the Year
Skipper Charlie Enright was on hand to pick up the Team of the Year prize at the World Sailing annual awards night held in Málaga, Spain on Tuesday evening.
From January to July of this year, Enright led his 11th Hour Racing Team to a come from behind victory in The Ocean Race, demonstrating remarkable resilience and fortitude over the toughest fully crewed offshore race in the world.
And for Enright, the victory was truly a team effort: "Winning this race has been such an achievement for the entire team," he told the crowd at a homecoming event in Newport, Rhode Island at a victory celebration during the summer.
"We went through the first half of the race not winning a leg and then... we won Leg 4 into our hometown of Newport. This was a turning point for us in the race and the momentum stayed with us right through to the final victory.
There were other deserving winners on the evening, including The Magenta Project, which was recognised with the World Sailing 11th Hour Racing Sustainability Award.
The Magenta Project was born out of the Team SCA campaign in the 2014-15 edition of the Race and advocates for gender diversity across the sailing industry through mentoring, events and governance. Investment in The Magenta Project has proven long-term returns, growing diversity in the sport and evolving industry leaders that go on to support the next generation: a truly socially sustainable movement.
New documentary to stream in the USA on Max
The Warner Bros. Discovery production, "A Voyage of Discovery: The Ocean Race", is a three-part documentary following the inside story of the sailors who take on the challenge of The Ocean Race.
Released earlier this month on Eurosport, the documentary is available to stream on Max from today.
11th Hour Racing Team skipper Charlie Enright is one of four sailors the documentary turns its lens on as viewers get a chance to live the highs and lows of The Ocean Race with the people who know it best.
"Our name is going to be on The Ocean Race trophy and no one can take that away," Enright reflects in an interview after the finish of the Race. "It's the accomplishment. When you look back on it, the name is there, and that's all that matters. You've won this race or you haven't and now we're in that camp." "
A Voyage of Discovery: The Ocean Race" remains available for streaming across Eurosport and Discovery+ platforms in Europe and Asia and is now on Max in the USA.
About The Ocean Race
Since 1973, The Ocean Race has provided the ultimate test of a team and a human adventure like no other. For 50 years, it has kept an almost mythical hold over some of the greatest sailors and been the proving ground for the legends of our sport.
The 14th edition of The Ocean Race started from Alicante, Spain on January 15th 2023, and finished in Genova, the Grand Finale, in Italy on 1 July 2023 after visiting nine iconic cities around the globe (Alicante, Spain - Cabo Verde - Cape Town, South Africa - Itajaí, Brazil - Newport, RI, USA - Aarhus, Denmark - Kiel Fly-By, Germany - The Hague, the Netherlands - Genova, Italy). Led by skipper Charlie Enright, the American 11th Hour Racing Team won the race, contested for the first time in the flying, foiling, IMOCA boats.
The Ocean Race celebrates its 50th anniversary during 2023 and is looking ahead to The Ocean Race Europe in 2025 and the next edition of the around the world race in 2026/27.
Sustainability in The Ocean Race
We have a proven commitment to sustainability, and with the support and collaboration of 11th Hour Racing, Founding Partner of the Race Sustainability Programme and Premier Partner of The Ocean Race, we are inspiring action and creating tangible outcomes.
Building upon our award-winning legacy in sustainability, our innovative Racing With Purpose programme is acting as a catalyst for positive change and accelerating the application of innovative solutions to help restore ocean health.