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France’s Groupe Bel will participate in the Barcelona World Race with Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane

Posted on 16 September 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] French duo Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane have confirmed that they will take the start line of the Barcelona World Race on board Groupe Bel, the IMOCA Open 60 which Kito de Pavant has already sailed the equivalent of twice around the world, and which carries the well known ‘Laughing Cow’ brand logo.

“Seb has so much experience and is very strong and accomplished on the water. And he is a real authentic sailor who looks and feels most at home on the water, really at one with the elements. Partners like Seb are very hard to find” says Kito.

Sébastien is enthusiastic about joining Kito on board Groupe Bel: “The Barcelona World Race is a great race which brings together top level international sailors to race two-handed non-stop around the world. With this project Kito has created a really solid, competitive campaign and to be able to go and share in this chapter will be a great pleasure. We find we don’t need to speak much, everything works with a glance and a gesture. And we like to share in the same pleasures and challenges of adventures at sea. It is really great to be able to share them, the good times, and also when it becomes more challenging, with a friend like Kito is.”


Bel is an international group which sells its products in 120 different countries, and generates 80% of its income outside of France. For the whole group, to take part in a truly global event like the Barcelona World Race enhances both the internal and external benefits of their sailing partnership.

Guillaume Jouët, Communication director of the Groupe Bel, comments: “We want to offer our clients and partners an extreme international adventure and that is exactly what the Barcelona World Race is about. This developemnt corresponds to that of our own group, its saling sponsorship programme and its skipper. Especially Sébastien and Kito have a lot in common and bringing their skills together is excellent.”

Kito is looking forward to race Groupe Bel around the world for the first time. “I am very happy to take part in this great race that the Barcelona World Race is and I feel incredibly lucky to have such an enthusiastic partner in Groupe Bel. Our IMOCA Open 60 is designed to race round the world and so it will be great to do it. We made good preparations for the 2008 Vendée Globe but had to retire soon after the start when the rig broke. Since then we have optimized the boat. Our team is well proven and very consistent.. We feel well set up and ready for this challenge.”

Kito de Pavant is one of the most prominent French solo sailors. He has fought many battles in the demanding Figaro Class, winning three brilliant victories in the Class’ most prominent races: the 2002Solitaire du Figaro, the 2006Transat AG2R and the 2006 Solo Med. In the IMOCA Open 60 Class he finished second in last autumn’s Transat Jacques Vabre with Groupe Bel, (he finished third in 2005) and second in the 2009 Race Istanbul Europa Race, with Seb Audigane on board.

Among other achievements in his outstanding sailing career, which includes extensive multihull sailing, he has completed two Indian Ocean, one Pacific and China Sea and 40 transatlantic crossings.

Sébastien Audigane is a speed specialist in ocean multihulls. He achieved the 24-hour speed record in 2009, covering a distance of 907 miles, the North Atlantic record in 2009, the 2007 Discovery Route and the 2005 Jules Verne Trophy which he has done five editions.

He has a wide experience in the IMOCA Open 60 Class, having participated in campaigns with Roland Jourdain, Yann Eliès, Marc Guillemot and Johnny Malbon before teaming up with Kito on board Groupe Bel.

Born in 1968 in Brest, Sébastien, like Kito, is an expert in the Figaro Class, having entered the Solitaire du Figaro seven times and the Transat AG2R three times.

Andor Serra, Director General of the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB), organizer of the Barcelona World Race, welcomed the participation of a team of such standing in the race: “We are delighted to see another French team with such outstanding skippers as Kito and Seb joining the Barcelona World Race. The event has been considered a good international platform to project themselves globally by Groupe Bel which gives us considerable satisfaction and encouragement to continue on our course. “

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Loïck Peyron to join Jean-Pierre Dick as partner for the Barcelona World Race

Posted on 27 May 2010 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Jean-Pierre Dick has just unveiled his co-skipper for the Barcelona World Race. This will be no less than Loïck Peyron, one of the most successful and experienced ocean yachtsmen in the world.

Loïck Peyron will be taking part in the Barcelona World Race 2010/11, forming a duo with Jean-Pierre Dick, the brilliant winner of the last edition of the competition. This is not the first time the French skippers join forces: they won the Transat Jacques Vabre together in 2005 with Virbac-Paprec 1 and they designed and built a pair of twin yachts (Paprec Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty). Now it’s time for them to launch their longest and most demanding adventure yet: the double-handed, non-stop race around the world.

Both skippers will be on the starting line on 31st December, onboard Paprec-Virbac 3, the brand-new IMOCA Open 60 that Jean-Pierre Dick recently unveiled to the public in Auckland, NZ. With this yacht the sailors will be defending the Frenchman’s title from the first edition of the Barcelona World Race, shared with Damian Foxall. Both yachtsmen are part of the elite of world sailing, and they know one and other very well, and so will form one of the most powerful and difficult to beat teams in the competition.

Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac 3. Auckland, 26 May 2010. Photo copyright Virbac

Jean-Pierre Dick said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Loïck on board. This is exactly what I had hoped for: to sail with a well-rounded and independent skipper, someone incredibly competent with whom I can have a constant interaction. A double-handed team works well when there’s mutual confidence, in that you have to perform 100% delegation when it comes to handing the reins over to the other skipper when your watch finishes. Loïck and I share a similar view of sailing. We realised that with our victory in the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2005 and with the building of twin highly competitive racing yachts in 2007 (the old Paprec-Virbac 2 and Gitana Eighty): the first won the Barcelona World Race 2007 and the latter won the Transat 2008.

What do I like about Loïck? His energy in doing things, his ideas on how to make the boat go even faster. He never stops. He’s always doing something. He’s extraordinary at getting a prototype ready and each time he brings an enormous value to the table. I also like his friendly and jovial personality. In a circumnavigation it is of vital importance to have somebody you get on with beside you, someone who you can talk to, share ideas with ,about the boat, the sea or life in general”.

Loïck Peyron said: “A voyage of discovery…I love it! I’ve never done a double-handed circumnavigation of the globe before. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t stop to think when Jean-Pierre proposed we go out for a sail in tandem. This time the course is somewhat longer! I know that the skipper, the team and the boat are up to the challenge. I was able to see that yet again in Auckland, just a few days ago, with the launch of Paprec-Virbac 3. It’s funny that when we won the Transat Jacques Vabre in 2005, Jean-Pierre had already won it two years previously. Now we are heading out on a circumnavigation that he won two years ago… that’s something!

What do I like about Jean-Pierre? Jean-Pierre opens up new horizons in the world of ocean sailing. He is the first French sailor to have contacted the Farr studio and the first to have had a boat built in New Zealand. His way of doing things caught my attention. Jean-Pierre has a very structured professional approach to things, but at the same time he can appear to be miles away. That’s just an appearance, because his mind is always active and his brain never switches off. He also knows how to surround himself with good people in every field. In a race he won’t give an inch, We are different in many ways, but we complement one and other well. We also get on really well, and I think that’s our strong point”.

Virbac 3 rollover test. Auckland, 19 May 2010. Video copyright Virbac

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Denis Horeau, Race Director of the Barcelona World Race

Posted on 27 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Denis Horeau is to be the new race director of the the Barcelona World Race. Horeau is one of the greatest experts in the management of offshore and round the world racing. He will be responsible for the intensive planning and preparation involved for the double-handed round the world race, which starts on December 31, 2010.

Horeau was born in Nantes, France, in 1951, and his appointment by the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB), organisers of the Barcelona World Race, follows the publication of the pre-Notice of Race on June 14, this year.

Horeau takes on the role of race management for the Barcelona World Race with an outstanding track record. He has three times been race director of the Vendée Globe (1989, 2004 and 2008) and nine times for the Solitaire du Figaro (1996-2004) as well as for other outstanding races such as the New York – San Francisco round Cape Horn and The Race It was during The Race, a non-stop ‘no limits’ competition to mark the new millennium in 2001, and which also started in Barcelona, that Horeau, working closely with the Catalan Sailing Federation (FCV), began his association with the city. It proved to be the foundation for his involvement now on this second edition of what has become a global oceanic event based in Barcelona.

As race director, Horeau will have full responsibility for the sports management of the Barcelona World Race. Onshore he will be in charge of the structure of the race management team, with two assistant managers, and a race monitoring office. He will ensure the application of regulations and the Notice of Race both in the lead-up and throughout the competition, and for the duration of the race, will oversee the round-the-clock monitoring of the boats’ progress at sea, as well as the application of the sailing communication protocol.

The professional profile required to take overall responsibility, plus a wide technical and logistical experience, and an in-depth knowledge of offshore racing and its participants, is ideally suited to Horeau.

He takes over from Sylvie Viant, a compatriot also known worldwide in race management. She was race director of the Barcelona World Race 2007/08 (the first edition of the regatta) and her work is recognised as being of fundamental importance and reference for the new team.

The new race director has already joined the Barcelona World Race team and is involved in an intense schedule of planning.

Horeau is enthusiastic about his new role. “The Barcelona World Race is heading for its second start and we have great potential to develop and grow. Its format as a double-handed race is a unique asset, which has great scope for international development,” he said

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Jean-Pierre Dick confirms participation in the Barcelona World Race 2010

Posted on 03 July 2009 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Winner of the first edition will be on the start line aboard the next Paprec Virbac at Barcelona on 31 December, 2010.

French sailor Jean-Pierre Dick, winner of the inaugural around-the-world Barcelona World Race, has confirmed his participation in the second edition. Jean-Pierre Dick is among the elite of skippers with wins in several of the world’s great oceanic races. The start of the next Barcelona World Race will be on 31 December, 2010.

Jean-Pierre Dick will be at the helm of the next Paprec-Virbac , which is presently under construction in New Zealand. It was aboard Paprec Virbac 2 that he secured his sensational victory at Barcelona, establishing the record the skippers will be aiming to beat in eighteen months time: 92 days, 8 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds.

Last winter Jean-Pierre Dick took part in the Vendée Globe, once again sailing aboard Paprec Virbac 2. On this occasion he was forced to retire from the race after hitting an unidentified floating object in the Southern Ocean, at which time he was leading the fleet.

Since registration for entries opened on 18th June last, the Barcelona World Race organizers have been working closely with those skippers who have expressed an interest in racing in the next edition. Nine boats took part in the first race, and it is expected that there will be between 10 and 12 on the start line on the last day of 2010, of which at least three should be Spanish entries.

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Team registration for the 2010 edition of Barcelona World Race opens on 18 June

Posted on 09 June 2009 by Valencia Sailing


[Source: Barcelona World Race] The 2010 edition of the Barcelona World Race re-launches with more support than ever

The unique and prestigious two-handed round the world race, the Barcelona World Race, has launched a campaign that will culminate in the start of its second edition, on 31 December, 2010. The most significant event in the ocean racing calendar for the next 2 years will publish its Notice of Race and open the team registration process on 18 June, 2009.

Alternating with the Vendée Globe as one of just two official IMOCA 60 Ocean Racing World Championship round the world races, this’ two-up’ challenge links the two worlds of the solo Vendée and the fully crewed Volvo Ocean Race and will maintain its tough but rewarding duo format, racing around the globe from Barcelona to Barcelona.

Since the end of the first edition (March 2008), the organization has worked steadily to consolidate sponsorship and to develop a strategy which will lead to an excellent event in the winter of 2010. Now with two main sponsors, 24 supporting partners, official suppliers and four institutional patrons, the Barcelona World Race faces its future with confidence as the third edition has already been set for 31 December, 2014. The race is proud to maintain its main sponsor, the Barcelona brewery and soft drinks company Estrella Damm, and to see Renault Spain, supporting partner in the first edition, claiming the title of joint sponsor for this second tour.

Much more than just a sailing event

The first edition of the Barcelona World Race was an unprecedented sports and media success. The race was the first ever two-handed circumnavigation and the first to have the name of a city in its title – Barcelona – in order to reinforce its identity, which will guarantee it a reliable future format and continuity. In spite of its short existence, the race has already been deemed a classic – defining its own model which is in the process of becoming a benchmark in the world of ocean racing.

The 2007 edition brought together nine boats and 18 skippers from six different nationalities, most at the top of their professional sailing careers. The figures speak for themselves as the impact generated on all mediums of communication produced a return of 45 million Euros, with a 277 million strong TV audience, 400 hours of TV (25 of which were news) broadcasted internationally. More than 5,000 articles were published in the written press and 200 activities and cultural events directly related with the race were organized. Over the 10 days before the start of the race more than 500,000 people visited the race village and watched the start from the waterfront. On 11 November 2007, 650 spectator boats in Barcelona and more than 200 in Sitges, the first mark of the race, gathered to watch the IMOCA 60s start their 27,000 mile long course. The competition was followed by sailing fans around the world with 2.9 million visitors to the races’s website.

A key position in the international calendar

The Barcelona World Race, along with the Vendée Globe, are the only two round the world races in the official IMOCA calendar for the next four years. In addition, because of its format as a double-handed race, it complements the other two top-class professional circumnavigations of the international sailing calendar: the single-handed Vendée Globe and the fully crewed Volvo Ocean Race. This factor has been highly valued by the race’s sailors, technicians and sponsors with regards to planning a profitable and technically integrated campaign.

A down to earth strategy for 2010: strong support for skippers and sponsors

The Barcelona World Race was created by OC Events and FNOB (Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona – Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing.) For this and future editions, FNOB is now the exclusive organizer of the race and OC Events will operate in a consultancy capacity, in particular by marketing the event on an international scale. The team is readying to face the challenge of organizing and promoting the second edition of a sporting event that is expected to exceed even the expectations of the first.

Continuing the trend set during the first edition, whilst at the same time adapting to the new reality brought about by economic recession, the Barcelona World Race 2010 has defined two clear objectives in its general strategy:

- To set up the necessary resources and strategies to facilitate the funding of the skippers’ campaigns
- To optimize the return on investment for all team sponsors.

A central element in this strategy will be the financial, logistic and communication support package set up to enable teams to cut the cost of their campaigns by up to 20%. The details of this support package will be announced in the pre-Notice of Race, to be published on Thursday 18 June.

On that same day the official entry list will be opened and the countdown to the start of the biggest ocean-racing event of the next two years will start.

The rendez vous: 31 December 2010, Barcelona

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Estrella Damm renews sponsorship of Barcelona World Race

Posted on 18 December 2008 by Valencia Sailing

Estrella Damm, the Spanish beer group announced yesterday it would once again be the main sponsor of the Barcelona World Race, the round-the-world race scheduled to start two years from now, on December 31st 2010. According to its CEO, the first edition of this new event was proven to be a commercial success for the group and as a result the renewal was an obvious choice.

In addition to being the event’s main sponsor, Estrella Damm will also take part in the race with a team that will bear its name, just like it did in 2007 with Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee. The Estrella Damm boat, even though its details are not yet fully known, will be presented next spring and its first regatta will be a transatlantic one between Barcelona and New York.

In the 2007-2008 edition, Estrella Damm was forced to retire one month into the race, following its diversion to Cape Town to repair a problem with its rudders.

The Estrella Damm boat during her official presentation and sail. Barcelona, 27 September 2007. Photo copyright Pierre Orphanidis / Valencia Sailing

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Temenos II claims third place in the Barcelona World Race

Posted on 17 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] Swiss skipper Dominique Wavre and French yachtswoman Michele Paret crossed the finish line in their IMOCA Open 60 “Temenos II” to become the third boat in the Barcelona World Race.

They crossed the finish line at 18.09 GMT on Sunday just off the Olympic Port of Barcelona among family, friends and supporters who accompanied the ecstatic skippers back to shore.

After 98 days 7 hours, 9 minutes and 10 seconds exactly at sea, it has been a truly “unique round the world experience” for both, as reflected by Dominique’s words just hours from the finish.

“We have been really happy with the boat and it is sad to leave it,” said the Swiss Skipper, “It is all a bit confusing in my head for the moment – the race is ending, it is a nice life and we always want this kind of sailing to continue. I will need one or two days to take it all in.”

Partners in real life as well as a winning combination on the water; Wavre and Paret have 8 circumnavigations between them, the Swiss-French tandem have overcome adversity and faced the extremes of this first edition of the Barcelona World Race up to the very end; battling harsh conditions in the Straits of Gibraltar before enjoying the last few days in some welcome calmer Mediterranean sailing conditions.

“We didn’t really talk much.” said Michele when asked about their last moments at sea, “We looked at each other and said to ourselves ‘well, that’s that, we’ve done it’. We left a little room for emotion and it was as if we were closing the door on the race. But we are here at restaurant time this evening and we’re keen to indulge in the pleasures of land!” added the experienced French yachtswoman laughing.

Temenos II crosses the finish line in 3rd place. Barcelona, 17 February 2008. Photo copyright Thierry Martinez / Barcelona World Race

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Barcelona World Race: Paprec Virbac less than 400 miles from Barcelona

Posted on 09 February 2008 by Valencia Sailing

[Source: Barcelona World Race] After an already epic journey in some of the world’s harshest waters Barcelona World Race leaders Paprec Virbac 2 are finally back into the Mediterranean and their last 400 miles to Barcelona. Yet by no means is the battle over for Jean Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall, who passed Scoring Gate 8 in the Strait of Gibraltar at 18.39 GMT last night (with elapsed time of 14 Days 22 Hours and 14 seconds from Fernando de Noronha.) The Franco-Irish tandem is currently sailing in the Alboran Sea, close to Malaga, with easterly winds still gusting at 35 knots.

“We have had to change down to a storm jib for the first time in the race,” Jean Pierre told us this morning, “the sea is completely white. It is actually quite beautiful but stressful on both us and the boat! We are well aware that the mast and the keel are “tired” now, so we’re a little concerned.”

Very tough sailing conditions have meant a long and very physical approach to the Strait as the race leaders were forced to tack along the coast and shelter from busy traffic lanes and big seas.

“At Gibraltar we passed alongside an enormous CGM cargo ship; we cant let our guard down at any moment,” said the French skipper, “the big question we have to face now is which side we are going to pass Ibiza because there is not going to be a lot of wind…”

Currently the Estimated Time of Arrival for Paprec Virbac 2 is still Monday afternoon 11th February. However as Skipper Jean Pierre Dick explained,

“It could quite probably be the 12th if we come across an area of calm.”

Hugo Boss remains 373 miles behind, and after making some amazing gains on the leader in the last couple of days they will now have to face similarly challenging upwind conditions.

Currently making their way south east down the Portuguese coast, Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape are 250 miles from Gibraltar at the 1200 GMT position report. Their ETA for the Strait scoring gate is late afternoon Sunday 10th February, and for Barcelona Wednesday 13th February at midday.

Behind the leaders, the battle for the podium continues between Mutua Madrileña and Temenos II; the Spanish team is now 193 miles behind, and making slower progress than their Swiss-French rivals.

But skipper Javier “Bubi” Sansó is optimistic:

“We still have firing power! In this race we have seen that 200 miles can be made up in just one or two days – there is a lot of race left and we still have our chances.”

At the back of the fleet, Educación sin Fronteras passed Scoring Gate 7 at Fernando de Noronha last night at 18.54 GMT (elapsed time of 17 days 3 hours and 59 minutes from Cape Horn.)
Albert Bargues admits that the thought of home is increasingly enticing:

“We are under 3000 miles away! Cape Horn and the Atlantic were psychologically really important, but once we get past Gibraltar we will be on a home stretch and the hardest part will be over.”

Day 91 – February 9 12:00 GMT - Position report with distance to leader

1. PAPREC-VIRBAC 2 – Jean Pierre DICK / Damian FOXALL – 389 to finish
2. HUGO BOSS – Alex THOMSON / Andrew CAPE – 373
3. TEMENOS 2 – Dominique Wavre / Michele PARET- 1352
4. MUTUA MADRILENA – Javier SANSO / Pachi RIVERO – 1545
5. EDUCACION SIN FRONTERAS – Servane ESCOFFIER / Albert BARGUES – 2745

Abandoned – VEOLIA ENVIRONNEMENT – Roland JOURDAIN / Jean Luc NELIAS
Abandoned – ESTRELLA DAMM – Guillermo ALTADILL / JONATHAN MCKEE
Abandoned – DELTA DORE – Jérémie BEYOU / Sidney GAVIGNET
Abandoned – PRB – Vincent Riou / Sebastien JOSSE

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