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In 2006 OC Sport created and co-organised the Barcelona World Race - a first in the sport of offshore sailing that saw a double-handed, non-stop around the world race.

The concept bought together sailors from the world of professional solo and crewed racing, and the Barcelona World Race became part of the official IMOCA circuit. Since the first edition of the race in 2007, co-organisers FNOB took over fully the management of the race, but OC Sport retain joint-ownership of the IP of the event. The third edition of the race will be staged over the 2014/15 winter.

"What a great job your team have done with this race. The feedback I have received has been fantastic with many people saying it's the first offshore race that they were really able to follow and get involved."


The start of the 2007 Barcelona World Race.

Barcelona World Race 2007 stats

  • 489,000 people visited the Race Village in build up to start..
  • 500,000 spectators for the start including 650 spectator boats
  • 600 TV news broadcasts.
  • TV series (6 x 26 mins programmes) broadcast on 34 TV channels in over 137 countries reaching 717.5 million homes.
  • Dedicated programme on CNN Mainsail shown in 188 million households in 124 countries.
  • 105 radio news broadcasts.
  • 3000+ print articles.
  • 2.56 million visitors to official website, 470,000 visits to 3D race viewer.
  • 31,667 hours of video viewed online.

Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall onboard Paprec-Virbac IMOCA60, leaving the dock for the start of the 2007 Barcelona World Race.



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