Tuesday, 4 January 2011

BWR: Virbac Paprec 3 Claims First Barcelona World Race Trophy

Loick Peyron and Jean-Pierre Dick on board Virbac Paprec 3. Image copyright Yvan Zedda/Virbac-Paprec/Barcelona World Race.

by Barcelona World Race media

The first prize of the Barcelona World RACE 2010-2011 has been won by race title holder Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA), sailing with Loick Peyron (FRA) on Virbac Paprec 3.

The pair have claimed the North to South Mediterranean Trophy by becoming the first team to the reach the longitude of 05 37W, having best overcome the capricious light winds and strong tides faced by the fleet on the 540-mile first leg stage of the non-stop race from Barcelona across the Western Mediterranean.

The 2010 VPLP-Verdier designed IMOCA 60 crossed the gate this evening at 1955hrs (UTC), having set off from Barcelona 3 days, 7 hours and 55 minutes previously – knocking nearly 7 hours off Dick’s own previous record time from the first edition of the Barcelona World RACE, set in November 2007 at 3 days, 14 hours and 25 minutes.

Behind the race leader, Foncia and Estrella Damm were separated by just two miles at this evening’s latest position update, and are expected to cross the Straits in a tight duel.

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