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31 March 2007, 10:27 am
Sixth Official Entry
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Barcelona World Race 2007-08
Barcelona, Spain

The new double-handed Barcelona World Race that starts on 11 November 2007 has announced the sixth team to officially enter the race. The latest entry will be skippered by Spanish sailor Guillermo ALTADILL who will race alongside British sailor Brian THOMPSON, their combined talent and experience will make them a formidable duo out on the 25,000 mile race course.
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They will be racing the new Farr Design IMOCA Open 60 currently under construction in Cowes, Isle of Wight, Great Britain under the expert guidance of Neil GRAHAM, Technical Director of the Offshore Challenges Sailing Team. The boat is due to be completed by the end of May and will be followed by an official launch and the announcement of the confirmed title sponsor shortly after.

ALTADILL and THOMPSON bring a wealth of experience to this campaign including racing together on the Maxi catamaran Cheyenne when they claimed the crewed round the world record in 2004 of 58 days, 9 hours, 36 minutes and 40 seconds. Between them they have an incredible eight circumnavigations (ALTADILL six and THOMPSON two) and a range of solo, crewed, inshore, offshore, Olympic, multihull and monohull experience. Both sailors have extensive knowledge and experience in preparing and helming race boats to achieve the best result possible, this team is capable of taking on the best of what is already a highly competitive line up of the world's top professional skippers.

Vast Experience

ALTADILL, born in Barcelona and aged 44, is one of Spain's most respected sailors and who has competed in two Volvo Ocean Races (2005-06 onboard Ericsson and 2001-02 onboard Assa Abloy), two Whitbread Round the World Races and The Race onboard Club Med. He has 18 Atlantic crossings under his belt, competed in the Olympic Games five times, has been the Spanish champion in the Soling class and Tornado class, he also coached the Olympic gold medallist in Atlanta in 1996 in the Tornado class. He is currently racing with the German America's Cup team United Internet Team Germany.

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Brian THOMPSON
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THOMPSON, aged 45 who is based in Cowes, Isle of Wight, is a vastly experienced offshore sailor with over 12 years as watch captain or skipper and has held an incredible 25 world records to date. He has strong IMOCA Open 60 experience having raced onboard Kingfisher, Ecover, Skandia and was previously the skipper of Artemis.

Confirmed Entries

Jean-Pierre DICK (FRA) and Damian FOXALL (IRL), Paprec Virbac
Vincent RIOU (FRA) and Sébastien JOSSE (FRA), PRB
Dominique WAVRE (SUI) and Michèle PARET (FRA), Temenos
Alex THOMSON (GBR) and Andrew CAPE (AUS), Hugo Boss
Jérémie BEYOU (FRA) and Sidney GAVINGNET (FRA), Delta Dore
Guillermo ALTADILL (ESP) and Brian THOMPSON (GBR), TBC

About the Barcelona World Race

The Barcelona World Race: a new two-handed non-stop round the world yacht race starting November 2007, to be held every 4 years. For the first time, this race will see the world's best professional sailors from both worlds of solo and fully crewed disciplines, competing against each other in teams of two. Racing 25,000 miles over 3 months across the planet's most hostile and challenging oceans in high performance IMOCA Open 60 monohulls. Providing a high-level of competition and adventure communicated by pioneering technology to a global audience.

For all the news on the Barcelona World Race CLICK HERE.

OC Events (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Guillermo ALTADILL:© Thierry Martinez
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