Trofeo de vela Conde de Godó

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.

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La cursa del Corte Inglés

Last Sunday was the 38th Cursa del Corte Inglés (Barcelone’s Marathon). A good opportunity to make pictures. Here is a composition with 25 of them.

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Volley Ciutat de Barcelona

Last weekend was the first International championship Ciutat de Barcelona of beach volleyball in Barcelona.
The Dutch players Van Gestel-Van der Vlist won the women’s tournament in the final against the Italian team.
It was a beautiful spectacle. Here I left some pictures. If you want to see more, visit my Flickr page.
Enjoy it!

Barcelona World Race: And the winner is…..

Precise moment of crossing the finish line.

Precise moment of crossing the finish line.

Yesterday I had the privilege of living from first hand the arrival at the finish line of the winners of the Barcelona World Race. Cheminées Poujoulat skippered by Jean Le Cam and Bernard Stamm, reached the goal in Barcelona yesterday at 18:45h after having circumnavigated the world in 84 days.

One step to success. Barcelona in the background.

One step to success. Barcelona in the background.

I share with you some photos I took thanks to the kindness of the press department of the organization of the race that allowed me boarding one of the few boats for photographers and cameramen who had the opportunity to witness this historic moment. I not only enjoyed the event in a privileged position, but also had the opportunity to do it surrounded by some of the biggest specialized photographers. I would like to say thank you to the press department of the BWR.

Below is an excerpt from the press release :

The vastly experienced duo, Bernard Stamm (SUI) Jean Le Cam (FRA) have won the Barcelona World Race 2014-15 and set the reference time for the two crew round the world race: 84 days, 5 hours, 50 minutes and 25 seconds to complete the 23,321.76 miles of the theoretical course

Cheminées Poujoulat, co-skippered by Bernard Stamm, 51, (Switzerland) and Jean Le Cam, 55 (France), sailed to victory today, winning the third edition of the Barcelona World Race, the non stop, round the world race for two crew, crossing the finish line at 17:50:25hrs UTC (18:50:25hrs CET/Barcelona) in light winds, 10-15kts SE and smooth seas. The Swiss-French IMOCA 60 completed the theoretical course 23,321 nautical miles (43.191,9 Kilometres) of the theoretical course non stop (stops are penalized in this race) at an average of 11.53kts

Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Jean Le Cam (FRA)

Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Jean Le Cam (FRA)

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Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Jean Le Cam (FRA)

Bernard Stamm (SUI) and Jean Le Cam (FRA)

Barcelona World Race – The start

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

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If you want to know where they are now, follow the BWR’s tracker here.