Sailors Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane, who announced their entry for the Barcelona World Race in January last year, are back on board an IMOCA 60. Following five months of intense preparation against the clock, this German-French partnership confirm they have a new boat, a Finot-Conq design launched in July 2007 that took 2nd place in the Vendée Globe 2008/09 and a 2nd in the Route du Rhum 2010.
For the best part of 20 years Sébastien Audigane has sailed just about everything that floats, from Olympic dinghies to the giant record hunting multihulls. He is recognised as a great all round sailor, a go-to character for so many projects from IRC to IMOCA to Class40 and all points beyond. But he is also liked for the warmth of his human character, an affable team player as well as a committed, experienced pro-sailor.
The Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte is to be godmother to Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane IMOCA 60 for Barcelona World Race. The team will be presented tomorrow in Barcelona and will announce their sponsor.
The Barcelona Maritime Museum (MMB), the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) and Renault joined invited media guests this morning to inaugurate the Barcelona World Race 'Turn the World Around' exhibition which is opened in Barcelona's Maritime Museum. The ceremony was launched by the deputy director of the Barcelona Maritime Museum and Elvira Mata along with the communications director of Renault Spain, Jesús Presa; Renault team sailors Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane and the Barcelona painter Lluís Bargalló, as well as the CEO of the FNOB, Andor Serra.
In the shadow of Barcelona's iconic statue of Christopher Columbus this morning Renault were confirmed as the sponsor of the Franco-German duo Jörg Riechers and Sébastien Audigane, who will start the Barcelona World Race, the two-handed non stop race around the world, on 31st December.
Everything in the garden was rosy for German skipper Jorg Riechers. His IMOCA 60 project had momentum, he had a good boat in the Farr design which Michel Desjoyeaux had won the 2008-9 Vendee Globe and which had finished runners up in the 2010-11 Barcelona World Race with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez.
“So now we have gone. The start was not much fun, but after rounding the North Boy in very light winds we finally got going not too badly. Those two cunning guys Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam have slipped away, but not too far...