10 years since the first Barcelona World Race victory
A competition has no history until someone wins it, and the Barcelona World Race earned its first winner on February 11th, 2008 at 21:49:00, when Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall crossed the finishing line. That’s when the history of Barcelona’s round the world challenge began, and in 11 months’ time its fourth edition will kick off.
That night, the Portal de la Pau in the Spanish city was lit up by flares. They were waved high in the air by Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall. They had set off on the 11th of November and for the first time in the five-hundred-year history of the port, Barcelona’s Port Vell welcomed home skippers who had sailed round the world, non-stop.
On board Paprec-Virbac 2, the French-Irish duo had sailed an impeccable regatta. The overall winner in Barcelona had been the star of a thrilling battle until the North Atlantic against Hugo Boss with Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape on board. From there the crew pushed away and made its way into the Mediterranean with a clear advantage. The pair crossed the finishing line at the Port Olímpic following 92 days, 09 hours, 49 minutes, 49 seconds of racing.
The aerial shot of Jean-Pierre and Damian hoisting the Barcelona World Race flag just a few hours before finishing, will be etched on the memories of ocean sailing fans forever. It was also the moment that introduced ocean sailing to many of its most loyal fans.