The first trilogy of the Barcelona World Race has just ended, the third edition completed only days ago. The organisers of the race, the FNOB, and the IMOCA – the International Monohull Open Class Association, have signed an agreement for the Barcelona World Race to continue as a key event on the ocean racing calendar for at least three more editions, consolidating the Catalonian capital city for twelve more years as a reference centre in this sport.
This new agreement confirms a strong future for the double handed around the world race. Each previous edition has been the subject of a new contract at the end of each race. This longer-term agreement, encompassing three editions over twelve years, is designed to foster continuity and to consolidate future plans for the class and for the city.
With renewed confidence in the long term, IMOCA and the FNOB can focus on planning the race and making future improvements, perhaps looking at the route and the schedule on the IMOCA Ocean Masters circuit. The scientific and educational programmes are considered part of the event’s DNA now and are regarded as essential elements of the Barcelona World Race.
Signing for three more editions should strengthen and facilitate improved planning and execution of sponsorship seeking and management, allowing ambitious long-term strategies, now to be developed. The door is opened to more stable relationships with sponsors, and to title sponsorship too, so helping reinforce the future of the Barcelona World Race.
Innovations in design rule IMOCA 60 boats such as foils, with new and faster boats, some of them already thrown, and others under construction, let anticipate a high international participation with interesting novelties in future editions of the race.
The contract was signed by the President of IMOCA Jean Kerhoas and the CEO of the FNOB, Andor Serra, along with the Delegate General of the IMOCA Gaëtan Gouérou and General Secretary of the FNOB, Jordi Cases.