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9 March 2007, 10:13 am
Estrella Damm Signs As Principal Partner
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Barcelona World Race 2007-08
Barcelona, Spain

Yesterday in Barcelona, the Fundació per la Navegació Oceànica (FNO), announced a major partnership with Estrella Damm for the Barcelona World Race, the new two-up, non-stop around the planet race starting 11 November 2007 and part of the IMOCA Ocean Racing World Championship circuit. This is the first official sponsor of the race to be announced.
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The invited media were present for the signing of the sponsorship agreement which was led by the President of the FNO and Barcelona Sports Concillor, Pere ALCOBER, and on behalf of the Damm Group, Enric CROUS, Director General. The ceremony took place in the former headquarters of the Estrella Damm brewery in Barcelona that is now converted into a museum.

The agreement with Estrella Damm fits the framework of the social commitment that the beer company has always had with the city of Barcelona, making it one of the city's most recognisable symbols for drink production and distribution. It also corresponds to the values of innovation and originality of the company and all its brands, and above all fits with the objective of continuously linking the Estrella Damm brand with world-class international events - in 1992 Estrella Damm became the first beer company to sponsor the Olympic Games hosted by Barcelona city. Estrella Damm's 131-year history is full of commitment to social and cultural life of the city of Barcelona and Catalonia and already supports a wide range of sporting and recreational activities each year, from the 'casteller' world (a traditional display of building the most impressive 'human castle') to the Mercè Bank Holiday celebrations.

The Barcelona World Race already has five high class entries so far, with an international skipper list that between them already have over 26 round the world's under their belt - from both the crewed Volvo Ocean Race and Vendée Globe solo disciplines. Up to ten top teams are expected on the start line on 11 November 2007 in Barcelona.

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 TBA, Delta Dore

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.

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