Thursday, December 30, 2010

Barcelona WR : second edition for the two-handed world race

Imagine two skippers on a boat (IMOCA Open 60), fighting alongside other skippers as they compete in a crazy race of… 46,300 km !
A true round the world, non-stop sailing tour, with the start and finish line in the same place – Barcelona !


The Barcelona World Race 2010 is the second edition of an excitingly mad race that takes place every four years.
The first was held in 2007/08, the third will (logically) take place in 2014.
To know more about the previous edition, click
Absolutely unique the Barcelona World Race is the only round the world yacht race that is double-handed (two co-skippers per boat) in which no external assistance is permitted or there is a penalty.
Read :
solo and two-handed, two similar but not equal ways to sail
The race is organized by the
Fundació Navegació Oceànica in Barcelona, and starts on 31st December 2010 at 13 h just in front of the Hotel W in the port of Barcelona.
The arrival is estimated for the end of March 2011!

The route

The departure and arrival will be in Barcelona with three different points of passage at the three Capes (Good Hope, Leeuwin, Horn) and the Cook Strait.
The approximate length of the course is 25,000 nautical miles or for non-sailing minds, 46,300 km !

The teams

Once again this year the best skippers in the world will line up at the start for the Barcelona World Race.

There are 15 teams registered, 6 more than in 2007 that proves just how successful the race has become :
Central Lechera Asturiana with Juan Merediz and Fran Palacio (Spain)
Estrella Damm Saling Team with Alex Pella and Pepe Ribes, the 2 Barcelona residents in the competition
Mapfre with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (Spain)
Foncia, the 100% French team with François Gabart and the Star Michel Desjoyeaux
Forum Maritim Catala with Gerard Marin and Ludovic Aglaor (Spain)
Fruit with Krzysztof Owczarek (Poland) and Armand Coursodon (France)
Gaes Centros Auditivos, the only female team in the competition with Barcelona local Anna Corbella and English woman Dee Caffari
Groupe Bel, another French team with Kito de Pavant and Sébastien Audigane
Hugo Boss with Alex Thomson (UK) and Andy Meiklejohn (New-Zealand)
Mirabaud the only couple taking part in the competition, Dominique Wavre (Switzerland) and his real life partner Michèle Paret (France)
Neutrogena Formula Noruega with Boris Herrmann (Germany) and Ryan Breymaier (USA)
Président with Frenchman Jean le Cam and Barcelona’s Bruno Garcia
Renault, 100% Spanish team with Antonio Piris and Pachi Rivero, the only Spaniard who will be taking the start line for the second time in the Barcelona World Race
Virbac-Paprec 3 a very well-known French duo of Jean-Pierre Dick and the famous Loïck Peyron
We Are Water with the surprising Barcelona duo Jaume Mumbru and Cali Sanmarti

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