A number of IMOCA skippers taking part in the regatta at Lorient made it clear that they are interested in taking part in the Barcelona World Race 2018/19. The new racing format of two legs is attracting both teams and sponsors
The financial impact of the Barcelona World Race for sponsors and the city of Barcelona was outlined in a talk by Xosé-Carlos Fernández, the CEO of the FNOB on September 20th at the Tip & Shaft / Connectconference held in Paris. The new format of the double-handed round the world challenge has added strength to a model which has already set a global benchmark.
The British transoceanic sailor Alex Thomson, who finished in second place with his IMOCA Open 60 Hugo Boss in the latest Vendée Globe round the world solo race, has confirmed that he will be taking part in the Barcelona World Race 2018/19.