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Esprit d’Equipe is the first French boat to win the Whitbread , the crewed round-the-world race , now known as the Volvo Ocean Race. In the early 1980s, Honeywell Bull (computer manufacturer) was looking for an innovative idea to boost its brand image and its staff.

They decide to sponsor a project, at the time very daring: to finance a racing sailboat to win the Whitbread , the most prestigious sailing race of the moment. Read on.