Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall completed their non-stop circumnavigation aboard their Open 60, Paprec-Virbac 2, to win the first edition of the Barcelona World Race, a non-stop, shorthanded (2 crew, total) round-the-world race. Initial speculation put the total time required for the race at around 80 days; the winning duo sent the course in a total of 92 days, 8 hours, 49 minuets, and 49 seconds, sailing a total of 28,329 nautical miles.

While Dick and Foxall won the event by a margin of several hundred miles (Alex Thomson and Andrew Cape aboard Hugo Boss are expected to finish within 48 hours of Paprec-Vibrac 2’s bullet), their circumnavigation was not without trial. In the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean, the pair played “Russian roulette” with ice bergs, and sustained a hard collision that damaged their rudder system. Unlike several of their competitors, Dick and Foxall were able to jury rig this hiccup without having to stop for repairs. Then, after rounding Cape Horn, their forestay failed, giving rise to the fear that they would soon loose their rig. Thankfully, a solid jury rig was concocted, and Paprec-Vibrac 2 and her weary crew are now enjoying the best reward of all: rest.

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Posted: February 12, 2008

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