Recta final de la Barcelona World Race

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Se estima que mañana miércoles 25 de Marzo llegue a la meta, frente al hotel Vela (W) de Barcelona, el yate Cheminées Poujoulat de Bernard Stamm y Jean Le Cam, líder provisional de la regata y el único en el Mediterráneo a esta fecha. De ser así, la vuelta al mundo con dos tripulantes y sin paradas se habrá realizado en aproximadamente 83 días y horas.

Esperamos poder recibirles mañana en puerto. Entre tanto les dejo un abre boca con imágenes que tomé el día que se inició la regata, el 31 de Diciembre del 2014.

“Less than 400 miles from the finish line now, Cheminées Poujoulat are passed Cabo de Gata, east of Almeria, and are starting the final ascent of the Mediterannean out of the Alboran sea to Barcelona.  Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam are forecast  to finish some time between 1000hrs and midday on Wednesday, but still have some complicated final transitions standing between them and a well earned victory, which may make that ETA ambitious.” (From the press note)

El Imoca 60 de Cheminées Poujoulat inicia la vuelta al mundo el 31 de diciembre de 2014.

El Imoca 60 de Cheminées Poujoulat inicia la vuelta al mundo el 31 de diciembre de 2014.

El Cheminées Poujoulat  en la dársena de Port Vell, Barcelona, rumbo a la línea de salida de la BWR

El Cheminées Poujoulat en la dársena de Port Vell, Barcelona, rumbo a la línea de salida de la BWR

Cheminées Poujoulat  frente a Barcelona.

Cheminées Poujoulat frente a Barcelona.

Cheminées Poujoulat

Cheminées Poujoulat

Cheminées Poujoulat

Cheminées Poujoulat

Cheminées Poujoulat

Cheminées Poujoulat

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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.

Barcelona World Race, final touches.

“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.”
“The start of the race is on the 31st of December 2014 at 13h00, with the starting line positioned opposite the W Barcelona hotel at the city’s port. The finishes are forecasted for the end of March 2015.”
“The boats cover some 23,000 nautical miles in a circumnavigation from Barcelona to Barcelona, putting the capes of Good Hope (South Africa), Leeuwin (Australia) and Horn (Chile) to port (their left) and the Antarctic to starboard (their right). During the three months of racing the skippers make their way through 12 climate zones and cross 3 oceans, as well as sailing in the Mediterranean Sea. [The course]
The crews race on IMOCA 60 yachts, 18 metres in length. Their masts can reach up to a maximum of 29 metres, as high as a building with ten floors.” From the BWR’s Web.

I took this series of pictures yesterday morning in the dock where the IMOCA yachts are waiting to set sail. You can see the spirit of the final touches, getting ready for tomorrow: the begining of the great adventure!

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The pontoon for the Barcelona World Race

The race pontoon for the Barcelona World Race was opened to the public yesterday, at 18 days before the two-handed race, non stop around the world starts on 31st December.

An extract of the BWR Web page saids that:

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

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You can see my first Barcelona World race’s post here.

Urban Photography in Barcelona