Holcim’s GO CIRCULAR wins first leg of The Ocean Race

  • Swiss-flagged Holcim-PRB team came first in the IMOCA fleet
  • Crew expertly navigated stronger than forecast winds
  • GO CIRCULAR on a mission to accelerate circular living


Team Holcim-PRB has won the first leg of The Ocean Race, reaching port in Cape Verde on 21 January ahead of the four other boats in the IMOCA fleet. The teams sailed close to 500-mile days during the celebrated around-the-world yacht race’s opening leg, enduring tough weather conditions early on after departing Alicante, Spain on 15 January. The first leg of the The Ocean Race is a 1,900-plus nautical mile multi-day sprint from Alicante, Spain to the Cape Verde port of Mindelo on the island of São Vicente.

The Holcim-PRB crew is led by French skipper Kevin Escoffier, who was a crew member of The Ocean Race winning team in its last edition in 2018. The world-class team brings together highly accomplished sailors with a track record in iconic races, from the Olympics to the Vendée Globe, Route du Rhum and more.

Kevin Escoffier, Holcim-PRB Team Skipper: “I’m thrilled with this win and the great work of our team. The weather conditions for our exit from the Mediterranean Sea were certainly challenging but we are glad to have arrived safely. This first leg of The Ocean Race once again goes to show that teamwork and perseverance can overcome the toughest of challenges. And this is definitely a message that resonates with our GO CIRCULAR quest to accelerate the shift to circular living.”

Holcim joined The Ocean Race for its first round-the-world regatta as the only Swiss team to compete in this year’s legendary sailing marathon, celebrating its 50th anniversary. With GO CIRCULAR, Holcim is circumnavigating the world to preserve our oceans with a call to action to accelerate the shift to circular living.

Racing for progress, the Holcim-PRB team will be collecting water samples to advance marine science throughout the race, hosting “GO CIRCULAR from sea to city talks” to raise awareness for more circular living and restoring marine ecosystems with Holcim’s bioactive concrete reefs.

As a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions, Holcim is going circular to decarbonize building for a net-zero future. Driving circular construction, Holcim is reducing the footprint of buildings with its green solutions, from low-carbon concrete to solar-enabling roofs to build better with less. As a global leader in recycling, it is building new from the old, recycling materials like construction and demolition waste. Regenerating ecosystems, it builds for nature, from urban forests to green roofs, improving cities’ air quality and reducing heat island effects.


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