World Sailing has given the 2021/22 and 2025/26 editions of The Ocean Race its official Special Event status, formally recognising and sanctioning the events.
The announcement means that the next two editions of The Ocean Race will be held under World Sailing's Racing Rules of Sailing and Regulations, while the governing body will also administer anti-doping rules and support the event with World Sailing Race Officials overseeing the action.
World Sailing has also said that it will support The Ocean Race with promotional and marketing activities in the build-up to the races.
The Ocean Race was honoured for its Power of Sport, #CleanSeas and #TurnTheTideOnPlastic campaign at the 2019 Sport Industry Awards, winning the Social and Sustainable Development Award, as well as winning the Cutting Edge Sport Award in the same year.
Meanwhile, World Sailing’s Sustainability Agenda 2030 outlines the sport's contribution to global sustainability, and The Ocean Race has committed to deliver the requirements of World Sailing's Special Event Sustainability Charter.
Kim Andersen, President, World Sailing said: "The Ocean Race has continuously inspired millions with its innovative approach to presenting sailing and telling some of the most compelling narratives in worldwide sport.
"We're excited about working with The Ocean Race over the next seven years and showcasing the event to an expanding audience and inspiring millions more people to fall in love with sailing."
Phil Lawrence, Race Director, The Ocean Race, added: "The Ocean Race has a proven tradition towards encouraging youth participation and mixed crews and we are pleased to continue our work with World Sailing to ensure the Race will continue to hold a leadership position in these initiatives, as well as ocean health and sustainability."