History

20 years of OC Sport:
a heritage of innovation and mould-breaking

1998

Ellen MacArthur and Mark Turner launch Offshore Challenges to manage MacArthur's sailing projects.

Ellen MacArthur

2001

MacArthur finishes second in the Vendée Globe solo, non-stop round-the-world race on Kingfisher, becoming the youngest competitor, at 24, to complete the race.

B&Q

2002

MacArthur wins the Route du Rhum transatlantic race.

2004

Offshore Challenges acquires the rights to the OSTAR, renaming it The Transat and runs it as a race for professional solo sailors across the North Atlantic.

2005

MacArthur breaks the world record for the fastest solo circumnavigation of the globe on B&Q.

B&Q

2007

The iShares Cup, the precursor of the Extreme Sailing Series™, is launched with four European regattas. The pioneering Stadium Racing concept goes on to change the face of sailing.

OC co-founds the Barcelona World Race, a unique, double-handed round-the-world race.

OC consults on development of the Oman Sail initiative, an ambitious project that uses sailing as a platform to promote the Sultanate of Oman's tourist industry and revive its maritime heritage.

2008

The 2008 edition of The Transat is supported by Artemis, and won by French offshore sailing legend Loïck Peyron.

OC manages French offshore sailor Sebastien Josse's Vendée Globe campaign on board BT.

Artemis Offshore Academy

2009

The Extreme Sailing Series makes its first inroads into Asia with an exhibition series staged in Hong Kong, Singapore and Oman.

OC manages two entries in the Transat Jacques Vabre, a double-handed transatlantic race; Samantha Davies and Sidney Gavignet aboard Artemis, and Seb Josse and Jeff Cuzon aboard BT.

2010

OC creates the Artemis Offshore Academy with the objective of developing solo sailing talent in the UK.

OC acquires the Geneva Marathon, the fastest marathon course in Europe.

OC Group and French company ThirdPole merge to form OC ThirdPole, with the goal of becoming a world leader in outdoor events.

2011

OC ThirdPole creates the Haute Route, the world's most prestigious multi-day cycling events for amateur riders. The first seven-day Haute Route takes place on a spectacular course in the French Alps.

The Extreme Sailing Series goes global for the first time introducing events in China, USA and Singapore.

2012

OC ThirdPole provides host venue consultancy and event management support to the MOD70 European Tour.

OC ThirdPole co-organises the French Riviera Marathon Nice-Cannes.

OC Thirdpole and French company PCA merge to create OC Sport with offices in France, Switzerland and the UK.

2013

Creation of the Haute Route Pyrenees in one of Europe's most iconic and beautiful cycling regions.

Creation of the Gabon Marathon.

OC Sport provides event management services to the Route des Princes MOD70 Tour.

Artemis Offshore Academy produces its best results in the Solitaire du Figaro with Sam Goodchild the highest-ranking British skipper in the modern history of the race finishing 11th overall; Jack Bouttell becomes the first Brit to win the coveted Rookie title.

2014

Creation of the Haute Route Dolomites in the legendary Italian mountain range.

OC Sport manages Dongfeng Race Team's entry in the Volvo Ocean Race – a Chinese- sponsored international team with a mission to promote offshore sailing in China.

The Extreme Sailing Series visits new markets in St Petersburg and Sydney.

Télégramme Group acquires a majority stake in OC Sport.

2015

Dongfeng Race Team finishes in third place in its first Volvo Ocean Race.

The Artemis Offshore Academy continues to impress in the Solitaire du Figaro, with Alan Roberts becoming the highest-ranked British skipper in 40 years, finishing ninth overall; Robin Elsey takes the Rookie title.

2016

Re-launch of The Transat after eight years, with a course from Plymouth to New York and 25 yachts on the startline including the Ultime class making its race debut. Records are smashed with a winning time of 8 days, 8 hours and 54 minutes.

Haute Route Rockies and Ventoux test events are launched.

Extreme Sailing Series goes foiling with the introduction of GC32 catamarans.

Will Harris from the Artemis Offshore Academy wins the rookie division in the Solitaire du Figaro, making it three rookie championship wins for the Academy in four years.

OC Sport works with UNICEF to deliver Cycling for Children for the first time.

2017

OC Sport launches the first Haute Route event outside Europe with the Mavic Haute Route Rockies.

Launch of three-day Haute Route events, expanding the offering for participants.

Formation of UTMB International alongside UTMB to develop trail running internationally.

OC Sport manages Dongfeng Race Team's second successive campaign in the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Geneva 20km by Genève Aéroport is launched – a new concept in running for individuals and pairs.

Acquisition of the Geneva Triathlon, expanding OC Sport's outdoor events portfolio in Switzerland.

Race management support for The Bridge, a one-off transatlantic race between the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship and the giants of the sea, the Ultime class.

OC Sport provides event management support to the Jeux du Grand Genève, a multi-sports event for young talents.

2018

UTMB Oman test event and first ever Gaoligong by UTMB held in China.

Launch of Haute Route events in America including San Francisco, Asheville and Utah. Creation of the Maserati Haute Route Norway.

Operational support for the Muscat Marathon.

Event management support to the National Special Games, an event that provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities in sport.

OC Sport manages and delivers the Route du Rhum Destination Guadeloupe solo transatlantic race.