The IMOCA Open 60 of the Estrella Damm Sailing Team, has an exceptional pedigree and he knows well the course of the BWR: it is the boat with which Jean-Pierre Dick and Damian Foxall won the Barcelona World Race 2007 -08, under the colors of Paprec-Virbac 2.

This is a Bruce Farr plan, built at the Southern Ocean Marine yard in Tauranga, New Zealand and launched in February 2007. Since Pepe and Alex have it resumed, after the Istanbul Europa Race, the boat was subjected to a long and intense process of development that was tested during various ocean races.

It was for both men to arrive on the starting line of the Barcelona World Race in optimal conditions knowing the boat in every corner, two basic elements fundamental to reach the best positions.


  • Architect: Farr Yacht Design
  • Builder: Southern Ocean Marine (New Zealand)
  • Launch: February 2007
  • Previous names: Paprec-Virbac 2, W Hotels
  • Length: 18,28 m
  • Width: 5,85 m
  • Draft: 4,5 m
  • Displacement: 9,200 kg
  • Drift: 2 asymmetric straight
  • Keel sail : CNC steel
  • Material of the bulb: lead
  • Height of the mast: 28,5 m
  • Mast manufacturer: Southern Spars
  • Type of rigging: rotating mast-wing with articulated spreaders
  • Surface of sails upwind: 300 m2
  • Surf area of ​​sails: 570 m2
  • Bar system: tiller
  • Saffron shovels: 2 luffable
  • Number of autopilots on board: 2
  • Energy sources on board: hydrogénérateur, generator engine (200l gasoil), lithium batteries.

IMOCA racing history

Transat Jacques Vabre (05/11/2017)
Arnaud BOISSIERES & Manuel COUSIN - 16d 17h 7mn 45sec - 11th

Azimut Challenge (22/09/2017)
Arnaud BOISSIERES & Manuel COUSIN - 23h22mn27s - 9th

Rolex Fastnet Race (06/08/2017)
Arnaud BOISSIERES & Manuel COUSIN - 2d 23h 38m 27s - 9th

Vendée Globe (06/11/2016)
Arnaud BOISSIERES - 102d 20h 24min 09s - 10th

Transat Jacques Vabre (25/10/2015)
Arnaud BOISSIERES & Stan MASLARD - Abandoned

Barcelona World Race (31/12/2014)
Bruno GARCIA & Willy GARCIA - 99d 03h 06min - 5th

Barcelona World Race (31/12/2010)
Alex PELLA - 98 days 20h 45 '59' ' - 4th