Barcelona World Race

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Barcelona World Race
BWR-balloon.jpg
A BWR balloon at the 2010 pontoon
First held2007 (2007)
Class(es)IMOCA 60
StartBarcelona
FinishBarcelona
non-stop double-handed around-the-world race
Most recent champion(s)Bernard Stamm [fr] & Jean Le Cam (2014–15)


The Barcelona World Race is a non-stop, round-the-world yacht race for crews of two, sailed on Open 60 IMOCA monohull boats. Following the Clipper route, it starts and finishes in Barcelona, and is organised by the Barcelona Ocean Sailing Foundation (FNOB).[1][2][3]

The inaugural race, contested in 2007–08 by nine boats, was won by Jean-Pierre Dick [fr] and Damian Foxall on the boat Paprec-Virbac 2 in a time of 92 days.[4]

The second edition of the race started on 31 December 2010 and was won by Jean-Pierre Dick and Loïck Peyron on Virbac-Paprec 3 in a time of 93 days 22 hours 20 minutes 36 seconds.[4]

The third edition of the race started with eight boats on 31 December 2014 and was won by Bernard Stamm [fr] and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat in a time of 84 days 5 hours 50 minutes 25 seconds. Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz finished second on Neutrogena.[5][6]

The fourth edition of the race was intended to start from Barcelona on 12 January 2019, but on 29 March 2018 the organisers announced that the race had been suspended, due to political instability, citing political and institutional difficulties in Spain. The ongoing crisis in Catalonia had prevented FNOB from being able to make the necessary guarantees to sponsors. They hope to reorganise the race for 2022-2023.[2][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All about the race". Barcelona World Race. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Sailing: Barcelona World Race suspended because of political unrest". BBC. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Barcelona World Race". IMOCA. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Barcelona World Race History". Barcelona World Race. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Cheminées Poujoulat winners of the Barcelona World Race 2014-2015". Barcelona World Race. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Guillermo Altadill and José Muñoz finish second in the Barcelona World Race 2014-2015 on Neutrogena". Barcelona World Race. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Barcelona World Race 2018-19 suspended: organisers aim for a fourth edition in 2022-23". Barcelona World Race. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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