Last Saturday I was invited to participate as an accredited photographer to go with sailboats in the regatta for the trophy Conde de Godo 2016.
It was a pity it wasn`t the best day. We didn’t have winds uper than 4 knots and the competition was postponed for several hours. At least, when they gave the start to the regatta beacause there was the expected and minimun required 4 knots, the sails began to spread the sails and gave us the opportunity to take some pictures.
It didn’t last for a long time. The regatta was suspended because the wind dropped again to less than three knots a few minutes from to start. Any way, I would like to share with you the few pictures I cuold made and thanks to trophy Conde de Godo’s press office, specially to Neus Jordi who gave me the invitation to this important event. Enjoy the pictures.
Seven days ago started the Barcelona World Race, the double-handed (two crew per boat), non-stop, round the world regatta with 23,450 miles to sail. Regatta began at noon in front of the beaches of Barcelona with a bright sun, light wind, 2-6 knots, and some swell.
“It felt less like the last day of 2014 in the depths of winter, and more like a day stolen from summer. The warmth of the sunshine leant an almost surreal air to the emotional scenes as the 16 skippers left the Barcelona World Race dock. They may be heading for some of the most feared stretches of the world’s oceans, but there was a welcome serenity as the crowds bid farewell to each of the duos. To those observers and skippers more used to the oppressive atmosphere of other winter race starts, usually contemplating Atlantic storms, it was a pleasant change.”
I had the opportunity to follow the yachts, sailboats type IMOCA 60 to the start line and trought the first miles of the race in front of Barcelona’s beaches. Here I share some of this day’s pictures. In future posts I’ll share some pictures of the 8 yachts in action this day. Enjoy it
If you want to know where they are now, follow the BWR’s tracker here.
The Barcelona World Race is the first and only double-handed (two crew per boat), non-stop, round the world regatta. It is a lap of the globe starting and finishing in Barcelona (Spain). External assistance is permitted, although there are strict penalty regulations. This is an extreme sporting challenge and ocean adventure that puts human limits to the test.
I will be covering the event until the departure of the ships on December 31. Meanwhile, I will share with you some photos of the preliminary events, in order to create the mood for such an interesting competition. Please follow it by Please … don’t move
You can see my first Barcelona World race’s post here.
The adventure seems to be experienced by the sailors of the Regatta Puig Vela classic. We, as photographers, only followed them, even though, in a little tugboat guided by a great captain, but with winds of 18 knots. However, the boat was a nut shell without handrails or handholds, so now I have the feeling I have lived a great adventure also, especially remembering, once on land, that we didn’t use life jackets.
You can see the complet set of pictures in my last entries:
This is the third entry for the Regatta Puig Vela Classica 2014 that took place in Barcelona last July in my blog Please…don’t move!. This time I show you some pictures from the start buoy. You can see Barcelona’s skyline on the background.