Monday, February 11, 2008

Winning after 93 days at sea...

Photo OnEdition
Paprec-Virbac 2 on their way to triumph as the winners of the Barcelona World Race. (l-r)Paprec-Virbac 2 skipper Jean-Pierre Dick (FRA) , co-skipper Damian Foxall (IRL) at 55NM from the finish line.

At 20h 49.49 GMT Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall steered Paprec-Virbac 2 across the finishing line to win the Barcelona World Race. Their 25 000 mile journey, non-stop around the planet, has taken exactly three months, and been an impressive display of speed and seamanship.“This was our whole life, and all our energy and we are obviously very emotional,” said skipper Jean-Pierre Dick, leaning over the lifelines and addressing the media as his boat pulled up to the pontoon in Barcelona.

Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall onboard Paprec-Virbac 2 on approach to the finish line. The victory has been hard earned and impressive. The dynamic French-Irish duo has held the lead for the majority of the race, fending off early challenges from PRB and Veolia Environnement to grab the lead for good on December 7th. More recently, it’s been Hugo Boss clipping at the heels of Jean-Pierre and Damian as they made their way back up the Atlantic Ocean. Read More