Denis Horeau has been appointed by Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona (FNOB) as the new Race Director of the the Barcelona World Race. Horeau, an expert in the management of offshore and round the world racing, will be responsible for the intensive planning and preparation involved for the double-handed round the world race, which starts on 3 December, 2010.
Horeau has three times been Race Director of the Vendée Globe (1989, 2004 and 2008) and nine times for the Solitaire du Figaro (1996-2004) as well as for other outstanding races such as the New York-San Francisco round Cape Horn and The Race.
As Race Director, Horeau will have full responsibility for the sports management of the Barcelona World Race. Onshore he will be in charge of the structure of the race management team, with two assistant managers, and a race monitoring office. He will ensure the application of regulations and the Notice of Race both in the lead-up and throughout the competition, and for the duration of the race, will oversee the round-the-clock monitoring of the boats’ progress at sea, as well as the application of the sailing communication protocol.
Horeau is enthusiastic about his new role:
“The Barcelona World Race is heading for its second start and we have great potential to develop and grow. Its format as a double-handed race is a unique asset, which has great scope for international development.”