Jorg Riechers (GER) and Sebastien Audigane (FRA) brought their Barcelona World Race to an end taking sixth place. The German-French duo complete the 23,321 miles theoretical course in 105 days 23 hours 35 minutes and 22 seconds.
German skipper Jörg Riechers made his entry official when he signed up for the Barcelona World Race 2014/15 in January 2013. This will his first round the world regatta. Jörg has come up through the Mini and Figaro Classes. He was the first German to win a Transatlantic race and the Class Mini and Class 40 Circuits, becoming one of the few sailors to break into the French-British dominance in solo offshore sailing.
He was set to race on Mare but the German publishers withdrew their sponsorship in April 2014. The boat was then taken on by Bernard Stamm.
Jörg is joining forces with Sébastien Audigane, who took part in the previous edition of the regatta on Groupe Bel with Kito de Pavant, although the pair suffered keel damage at Cape Horn (Chile) and were forced to withdraw from the event. Sébastien is one of the most famous ocean record experts; among his many achievements is a 24 Speed Sailing Record in 2009 (908.2 miles) on the multihull Banque Populaire V, which still stands, and the Jules Verne Trophy in 2005 on Orange II (50d 16h 20m and 4s). The most recent ocean feat for Audigane was in 2013 when he took the famous Gold Route record from New York to San Francisco on Giovanni Soldini's Maserati (47d 42m).
Barcelona World Race 2010/11 (retired), with Kito de Pavant, on Groupe Bel, double-handed
Renault Captur is a Finot-Conq design launched in July 2007 that Armel Le Cléac’h took to second place in the Vendée Globe 2008/09 in 89 days and 9 hours. Le Cléac’h was also in the driving seat for the yacht’s second place Route du Rhum finish in 2010.
The boat underwent a refit in July this year. Over the past few weeks the rigging and appendages have been inspected and work has also been done on the electronics and mast. For this preparation, the team has had an outstanding technical advisor: Bertrand de Broc, the last skipper to compete aboard this IMOCA 60.
Jörg Riechers: "It is the only Finot design which went light, the others which did not do so well had 8,8tonnes displacement and 38tm righting moment. This boat is 7,9tonnes and has got 30tm. So this boat is lighter and more down the route Safran went down in 2008".