Renault Captur

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).

ON BOARD

Jörg Riechers

  • Place and date of birth: Hamburg (Germany), 16th September 1968
  • Residence: Hamburg (Germany)
  • Marital status: Single
  • Age at start:  46
  • Previous BWR entries: No
  • Website: (on the way)

Track Record

Round the world racing
Transats
  • Transat Jacques Vabre 2013 (3rd), with Pierre Brasseur, (Class 40), double-handed
  • Solidaire du Chocolat 2012 (1st), (Class 40)
  • Transat Quebec-St. Malo 2012 (2nd), (Class 40)
  • Route du Rhum 2010 (6th) (Class 40), solo
Other offshore racing
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 (6th), with Sébastien Audigane, on Mare (IMOCA 60), double-handed
  • Atlantic Cup 2012 (1st) (Class 40)
  • Les Sables - Horta 2011 (4th) (Class 40)
  • Normandy Channel Race 2011 (4th¡) (Class 40)  
  • Mini Class Ranking 2010 (1st)
  • Generali Solo 2005 (Figaro) solo
Other racing
  • Champion 2012 Class 40
  • World Championship 2012, Class 40 (3rd)
  • European Championship 1993, J24 Class (2nd)

ON BOARD

Sébastien Audigane

  • Place and date of birth: Brest (France), 9th March 1968
  • Residence: Port Louis (France)
  • Marital status: Partner, 3 children
  • Age at start: 46
  • Previous BWR entries: Yes, in the BWR 2010/11
  • Website: N/A

Track Record

Round the world racing

Barcelona World Race 2010/11 (retired), with Kito de Pavant, on Groupe Bel, double-handed

  • Jules Verne Trophy 2005 on Bruno Peyron's Orange II maxi catamaran 
  • Five Jules Verne Trophy starts (abandoned due to technical issues)
Records
  • Gold Route Record 2013, from New York to San Francisco, on Maserati: 47d 42 m (monohull)
  • 24 Hour Sailing Speed Record 2009: 908.20 miles on Banque Populaire V (multihull)
  • North Atlantic New York the Lizard 2009 (multihull)
  • Jules Verne Trophy 2005 on Orange II: 50d 16h 20m and 4s (multihull)
Transats
  • The Discovery Route 2007 (1st) on Groupama 3, multihull
  • Transat Jacques Vabre 2007 (2nd), with Yann Eliès, on Generali (IMOCA 60), double-handed
  • Three entries in the Transat AG2R: 1996, 1997 and 2000 (Figaro Class) double-handed
Other offshore racing
  • Rolex Fastnet Race 2013 (6th), with Jörg Riechers, on Mare (IMOCA 60), double-handed
  • 7 entries in the Solitaire du Figaro, leg victory in 2002
  • Istanbul Europa Race 2009 (2nd) on Groupe Bel (IMOCA 60), fully-crewed
  • Route des Fares (Trimaran ORMA)
  • Tour de France à la Voile
  • Calais Round Britain Race

Second in the Vendée Globe 2008/09

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".

Technical details

  • Designer: Groupe Finot Conq
  • Construction: Multiplast (Vannes)
  • Launched: July 2007
  • Former names: Votre Nom Autour du Monde, Brit Air  
  • Length: 18.28 m.
  • Beam: 5.80 m.
  • Draught: 4.50 m.
  • Displacement: 8,800 kg
  • Keel: Canting
  • Height of mast: 29'7 m.
  • Rigging: Outriggers
  • Upwind sail area: 290 m2
  • Downwind sail area:  580 m2
  • Number of sails on board:  10
  • On-board energy source:  Hydro generator