It's a wrap

Barcelona World Race crews to pick up their cheque at tomorrow's prizegiving

Friday March 7th 2008, Author: Peter Rusch, Location: none selected
At 19h00 tomorrow evening, the 18 skippers of the first edition of the Barcelona World Race will gather in Barcelona once again for the official prizegiving ceremony. The gala event will be hosted by Catalan TV3 presenter Tomàs Molina in the presence of the Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, and other city officials at the Auditorium of the Barcelona Forum.

2,500 guests are expected to attend and enjoy a unique show put together by Cuqui Pons. A giant 28m wide and 9m high video screen placed on stage will be a key element of the evening which will focus on two principal visual symbols - an image of the Colombus monument which, at the bottom of the famous Ramblas, emphasises Barcelona's maritime history, and the constant references to the notion of 'duo' throughout the show, that will pay tribute to the nine teams of two who entered the first edition of the double-handed Barcelona World Race. Music, acrobatics and other surprises will be enjoyed by the audience, who will also see the duos receive their prizes secured during the race.

Every team is in line for a prize and a share of the 411,000 euros prize fund including 150,000 euros for first place. Overall winners, Paprec-Virbac 2 (Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall) plus the second and third boats of Hugo Boss and Temenos II will be presented with a splendid trophy replicating the sculpture unveiled during the Race Village opening on the 1st November, 2007. In addition, seven of the nine duos each claim a stage win (see below) and media prizes will be awarded per leg considering quality of photo, onboard video, video conferences, image archive and writing.

Barcelona World Race in numbers : sporting and key media numbers
Here are some of the sporting and key media numbers that reflect the highs and lows of the race both on and off the water.

Off the water:

500,000 spectators at start / 650 spectator boats on the water
489,000 visitors through the Race Village and dockside
6-part TV documentary series broadcast on 34 international networks in over 137 countries reaching 717.5 million homes
26 mins of coverage broadcast on CNN Mainsail shown in 187.8 million homes in 124 countries
25 mins programme on Eurosport
22 mins programme on NTV Germany
600 TV news items with over 18.5 hours of airtime (France, UK, Spain and NZ)
105 radio news items (France, UK, Spain)
3,000+ articles in printed media worldwide
31,557 hours of video viewed online
26,123 listeners to live video conferences
941 hours of audio listened to via the website
2.86 million visits of official website, average 4 mins per visit
470,000 visits to 3D Race Viewer
650,000 visits to 2D Race Viewer
10,500 active players of Live Skipper
11,698 photos downloaded from Online Media Centre

On the water:
9 teams / 18 skippers
7 different nationalities
36 circumnavigations between them and over 2 million nautical miles
22 Whitbread and Volvo Ocean Race participations
9 Vendée Globe participations and 9 America's Cup participations
25,000 miles around the globe
Start 1200 GMT 11.11.07
650 spectator boats watch the start on the water
Day 5 15.11.07 Paprec-Virbac 2 lead the fleet into the Atlantic, winning the first stage of the race
Day 10 20.11.07 8 of the 9 boats pass the Canary Island gate, Delta Dore wins stage 2
Day 26 6.12.07 Estrella Damm breaks the 400-mile a day barrier (first in the fleet to do so)
Day 27 7.12.07 Hugo Boss sail 500-miles in 24hrs establishing a new monohull (up to 60ft) 24hr record
Day 28 8.12.07 PRB loses top 3-metres of mast just before Cape of Good Hope, race is over for Vincent Riou and Seb Josse
Day 31 11.12.07 Delta Dore dismasts in Indian Ocean, race is over for Jéremie Beyou and Sidney Gavignet, 180 miles west of Edward Islands, 850 miles from Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Day 34 14.12.07 Estrella Damm retires from race citing rudder damage and technical concerns, race is over for Guillermo Altadill and Jonathan McKee, stops in Cape Town
Day 37 17.12.07 Veolia Environnement dismasts in Indian Ocean east of Kerguelen Islands, race is over for Roland Jourdain and Jean-Luc Nelias,
Day 45 Christmas Day in the Southern Ocean : Educacion Sin Fronteras report towering seas and strong winds, boat average over 20 knots of boat speed; best 24-hr run onboard Mutua Madrilena of 370 miles; Hugo Boss closes gap on leaders Paprec-Virbac 2 to within 200 miles; Veolia Environnement under jury rig 800 miles from Perth
Day 50 30.12.07 450 mile day for Educacion Sin Fronteras
Day 61 Leader Paprec-Virbac 2 rounds Cape Horn, 968 miles ahead of Hugo Boss with 6,762 miles to the finish
Day 79 28.1.08 only 40 miles separates Temenos II in 3rd place and Mutua Madrilena
Day 90 8.2.07 40 knots of headwind as leader Paprec-Virbac 2 battles towards Gibraltar gate, 500 miles to finish
Day 93 11.2.08 Paprec-Virbac 2 crosses finish line in first place at 20:49:49 GMT after 92 days, 8 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds
Paprec-Virbac 2 sailed the most number of miles at 28,329 miles, averaging a speed on distance on the water of 12.83 knots
16 days, 10 hours and 5 mins separated the first finisher to the last, 5th placed Educacion Sin Fronteras


1st / Paprec-Virbac 2 / Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) & Damian Foxall (IRE) / 92d 9h 49m 49s
2nd / Hugo Boss / Alex Thomson (GBR) & Andrew Cape (AUS) / 94d 17h 34m 57s
3rd / Temenos II / Dominique Wavre (SUI) & Michèle Paret (FRA) / 98d 6h 9m 10s
4th / Mutua Madrilena / Javier Sanso (ESP) & Pachi Rivero (ESP) / 99d 12h 18m 40s
5th / Educacion Sin Fronteras / Servane Escoffier (FRA) & Albert Bargués (ESP) / 108d 18h 55m 2s

RET / PRB / Vincent Riou (FRA) & Sébastien Josse (FRA) / 8.12.07 after 28 days of racing loses top 3 metres of mast
RET / Delta Dore / Jéremie Beyou (FRA) & Sidney Gavignet (FRA) / 11.12.07 after 31 days of racing dismasts
RET / Estrella Damm / Guillermo Altadill (ESP) & Jonathan McKee (USA) / 14.12.07 on day 34 citing rudder and technical problems
RET / Veolia Environnement / Roland Jourdain (FRA) & Jean-Luc Nélias (FRA) / 17.12.07 after 37 days of racing dismasts

Gate 1 - Start to Gibraltar: Paprec-Virbac 2
Gate 2 - Gibraltar to Canary Islands : Delta Dore
Gate 3 - Canary Islands to Fernando de Noronha : PRB
Gate 4 - Fernando de Noronha to Cape of Good Hope : Hugo Boss
Gate 5 - Cape of Good Hope to Cook Strait (NZ) : Paprec-Virbac 2
Gate 6 - Cook Strait to Cape Horn : Mutua Madrilena
Gate 7 - Cape Horn to Fernando de Noronha : Temenos II
Gate 8 - Fernando de Noronha to Gibraltar : Temenos II
Gate 9 - Gibraltar to Barcelona : Temenos II

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