The Race (yachting race)

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The Race was a round-the-world sailing race starting in Barcelona, Spain on December 31, 2000. It was the first ever non-stop, no-rules, no-limits, round-the-world sailing event, with a $2 million US prize. It was organized by Bruno Peyron.

A second race was planned for 2004, but was cancelled amid controversy that Tracy Edwards had organized a competing event called Oryx Quest.

The stated objectives of this race were:

  • to unite the different maritime cultures of the world
  • to gather together the world's premiere yachtsmen and women in a common event
  • to promote creativity in ocean sailing
  • to ally high technology and the environment
  • to create the most spectacular and most prestigious fleet of offshore racers that sailing has ever seen


The 2000 race was won by Club Med, skippered by Grant Dalton in 62d 6h 56' 33".

The Race 2000/2001
Yacht Skipper Rank Time Notes
New Zealand Club Med Grant Dalton 1 62d 6h 56' 33"
France Innovation Explorer Loick Peyron and Skip Novak 2 64d 22h 32' 38"
United States Team Adventure Cam Lewis 3 82d 20h 21' 02"
Poland Warta Polpharma Roman Paszke 4 99d 12h 31'
United Kingdom Team Legato Tony Bullimore 5 104d 20h 52'
United States PlayStation Steve Fossett 6 DNF Damaged and forced to withdraw on day 16 [1]
United Kingdom Team Philips Pete Goss - DNS Withdrew before the start of the race

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